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KRH Cardiology Earns National Honor

KRMC Among Nation’s Top Performing Hospitals for Treatment of Heart Attack Patients

Kalispell Regional Medical Center cardiology service line has received the American College of Cardiology’s National Cardiovascular Data Registry (NCDR®) ACTION Registry Platinum Performance Achievement Award for 2018. Kalispell Regional Medical Center (KRMC) is one of only 203 hospitals nationwide to receive the honor.

The award recognizes the commitment and success in implementing a higher standard of care for heart attack patients and signifies that Kalispell Regional Medical Center has reached an aggressive goal of treating these patients to standard levels of care as outlined by the American College of Cardiology and American Heart Association clinical guidelines and recommendations. This accomplishment is attributed to the great care provided by the physicians from Rocky Mountain Heart & Lung and the teams who treat heart attack patients at KRMC.

“Our entire cardiovascular care team is proud of this achievement, but more importantly, we are honored to offer excellent care to our friends and neighbors right here in the Flathead Valley instead of traveling out of state,” shares Karen Doolan, director of cardiopulmonary and research services at KRMC.

By meeting the requirements set forth in the registry and establishing a culture of providing guideline-recommended therapy, Kalispell Regional Medical Center is saving lives and improving outcomes of heart attack patients. ACTION Registry empowers health care provider teams to consistently treat heart attack patients according to the most current, science-based guidelines and establishes a national standard for understanding and improving the quality, safety and outcomes of care provided for patients with coronary artery disease, specifically high-risk heart attack patients.

The Centers for Disease Control estimates that more than 700,000 Americans suffer a heart attack each year. A heart attack occurs when a blood clot in a coronary artery partially or completely blocks blood flow to the heart muscle. Treatment guidelines include administering aspirin upon arrival and discharge, timely restoration of blood flow to the blocked artery, smoking cessation counseling and cardiac rehabilitation, among others.

For more information about cardiovascular care at Kalispell Regional Medical Center, go to krh.org/heart.