St. Mary’s Medical Center among nation’s top performing hospitals for treatment of heart attack patients

Wednesday, May 18, 2022

American College of Cardiology NCDR Chest Pain – MI Registry Platinum Award recognizes sustained, high level performance in quality of care

St. Mary’s Medical Center (SMMC) has received the American College of Cardiology’s NCDR Chest Pain – MI Registry Platinum Performance Achievement Award for 2022. SMMC is one of only 240 hospitals nationwide to receive the honor.

This is the sixth consecutive year SMMC has received this honor.

“St. Mary’s Regional Heart Institute is committed to providing high quality care to our heart attack patients,” said Melissa Mielcarek, MSHA, MBA, executive director, St. Mary’s Regional Heart Institute. “This award recognizes the commitment and the hard work of our team. We are grateful for the acknowledgement.”

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

To receive the Chest Pain ̶ MI Registry Platinum Performance Achievement Award, SMMC 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.

“It is an honor to award St. Mary’s Medical Center 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 St. Mary’s Medical Center remains committed to providing top quality, guideline-driven care for heart attack patients. Their success ensures patients are receiving the highest quality cardiovascular care.”

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.

St. Mary’s Regional Heart Institute was named a Mountain Health Network Center of Excellence in October 2019. To be named an MHN Center of Excellence, the clinical area must be recognized by the medical community, the public and accrediting bodies as providing the most expert and highest level of compassionate and innovative care. For more information about St. Mary’s Regional Heart Institute, visit