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

NCDR Chest Pain  ̶  MI Registry Platinum Performance Achievement Award

The MetroHealth System has received the American College of Cardiology's NCDR Chest Pain  ̶  MI Registry Platinum Performance Achievement Award for 2022. MetroHealth is one of only 240 hospitals nationwide to receive the honor.

The award recognizes MetroHealth’s commitment and success in implementing a higher standard of care for heart attack patients and signifies the system has reached an aggressive goal of treating these patients to standard levels of care as outlined by the American College of Cardiology/American Heart Association clinical guidelines and recommendations.

To receive the award, MetroHealth has demonstrated sustained achievement in the Chest Pain  ̶   MI Registry for two consecutive years (2020 and 2021), and performed at the highest level for specific performance measures. Full participation in the registry engages hospitals in a robust quality improvement process using data to drive improvements in adherence to guideline recommendations and overall quality of care provided to heart attack patients.

"We are honored to receive this award for the 11th consecutive year. It recognizes the quality of our doctors and staff, and the care we provide to our patients," said Aisha Siraj, MD, Interventionalist STEMI Team Member. "To receive the Platinum Performance Achievement Award, MetroHealth consistently followed heart attack treatment guidelines in the Chest Pain-MI Registry from the American College of Cardiology and American Heart Association. Full participation in this registry engages hospitals in a robust quality improvement process using data to drive improvements in adherence to guideline recommendations and overall quality of care provided to heart attack patients. We proudly can say that we are keeping up with the mission of providing the best care for our patients."

Dr. Siraj added that the achievement is made possible by MetroHealth's multidisciplinary team that strives for excellence, which includes the Cardiac Catherization Lab, the Cardiac Intensive Care Unit teams, the Cardiac Inpatient Unit (telemetry), the Emergency Department, Emergency Medical Services and the Quality Institute.

"It is an honor to award MetroHealth with the Platinum Performance Award for their valuable national leadership and dedication to meeting comprehensive performance measures in patient care," said Michael C. Kontos, MD, FACC, chair of the NCDR Chest Pain – MI Registry Steering Subcommittee, and cardiologist at Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Center. "The receipt of this award indicates that MetroHealth remains committed to providing top quality, guideline-driven care for heart attack patients. Their success ensures patients are receiving the highest quality cardiovascular care."

The Centers for Disease Control estimates that over 800,000 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.

Chest Pain  ̶  MI 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.

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About the MetroHealth System

Founded in 1837, MetroHealth is leading the way to a healthier you and a healthier community through service, teaching, discovery, and teamwork. Cuyahoga County’s public, safety-net hospital system, MetroHealth meets people where they are, providing care through five hospitals, four emergency departments and more than 20 health centers. Each day, our nearly 9,000 employees focus on providing our community with equitable healthcare — through patient-focused research, access to care, and support services — that seeks to eradicate health disparities rooted in systematic barriers. For more information, visit