Published on June 03, 2022

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

American College of Cardiology NCDR Chest Pain-MI Registry Platinum Award recognizes high standards of patient care

NMMC Heart/Vascular team

Interventional cardiologist Barry Bertolet, M.D., (center) displays the ACC Platinum award with NMMC Heart and Vascular Institute team members.

TUPELO, Mississippi—North Mississippi Medical Center has received the American College of Cardiology’s NCDR Chest Pain-MI Registry Platinum Performance Achievement Award for 2022. NMMC is one of only 240 hospitals nationwide to receive the honor.

The award recognizes NMMC’s commitment and success in implementing a higher standard of care for heart attack patients and signifies that NMMC 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.

“This award reflects the dedication to quality care of the entire NMMC team—beginning with Emergency Medical Services, continuing with the Cardiac Catheterization Lab and ending with the cardiac care units—has with regard to serving those patients having a heart attack. This quality is top notch 24 hours a day, seven days a week and 365 days a year,” said Barry Bertolet, M.D., an interventional cardiologist on NMMC’s medical staff. “While this award goes to the NNMC team, our patients are the winners!” For more information about NMMC’s Heart and Vascular Institute, visit

To receive the award, NMMC 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 NMMC 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 NMMC 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.

The American College of Cardiology envisions a world where innovation and knowledge optimize cardiovascular care and outcomes. As the professional home for the entire cardiovascular care team, the mission of the College and its more than 56,000 members is to transform cardiovascular care and to improve heart health. The ACC bestows credentials upon cardiovascular professionals who meet stringent qualifications and leads in the formation of health policy, standards and guidelines. The College also provides professional medical education, disseminates cardiovascular research through its world-renowned JACC Journals, operates national registries to measure and improve care, and offers cardiovascular accreditation to hospitals and institutions. For more, visit

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