Awards & Recognitions
University Heart provides some of the most comprehensive and highest quality cardiac and vascular care in Mississippi. These awards demonstrate University of Mississippi Medical Center's commitment to excellence and to your heart health.
ACTION Registry-GWTG Performance Achievement Awards
University of Mississippi Medical Center and University Heart has consistently followed the treatment guidelines in ACTION Registry-Get With the Guidelines for acute high-risk coronary syndrome patients and met a performance standard of 90% for specific performance measures to receive this award. ACTION Registry-GWTG is a partnership between the American College of Cardiology Foundation and the American Heart Association with partnering support from the American College of Emergency Physicians, Society of Chest Pain Centers and the Society of Hospital Medicine.
Heart Failure Accreditation
University of Mississippi Medical Center and its emergency department received full heart failure accreditation by the Society of Chest Pain Centers. It recognizes UMMC's expertise and commitment to providing quality emergency care for patients with symptoms of heart failure.
ACTION-GWTG Gold Performance Achievement Award
University of Mississippi Medical Center and University Hospital have consistently followed treatment guidelines in ACTION Registry® -"Get With the Guidelines"™ for eight consecutive quarters and met a performance standard of 85 percent for specific performance measures to receive this 2011 award.
The program establishes a national standard for understanding treatment patterns, clinical outcomes, drug safety and the overall quality of care provided to segment-elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) and non-ST-elevation myocardial infarction (NSTEMI) patients, also known as a heart attack.
ACTION Registry-GWTG is a partnership between the American College of Cardiology Foundation and American Heart Association. Support is provided by the American College of Emergency Physicians, Society of Chest Pain Centers and the Society of Hospital Medicine.
Chest Pain Center accreditation by the Society of Chest Pain Centers
UMMC and its emergency care department have passed a rigorous accreditation evaluation by the Society of Chest Pain Centers as part of the international organization's effort to eliminate heart disease as the No. 1 cause of death worldwide.
The accreditation recognizes UMMC's ability to assess, diagnose and treat patients who may be experiencing a heart attack. Criteria included:
- Reducing the time from onset of symptoms to diagnosis and treatment.
- Treating patients more quickly during the critical window of time when the heart muscle can be preserved.
- Monitoring patients to determine if they are having a heart attack, ensuring they are not sent home too quickly or needlessly admitted to the hospital.
Mission: Lifeline Bronze Achievement Award
The American Heart Association awarded University Heart its Mission: Lifeline Bronze Performance Achievement Award in recognition of the commitment and success in implementing a higher standard of cardiac care that effectively improves survival from the deadliest type of heart attack.
GTWG Gold Plus Performance Achievement Award
UMMC is the only healthcare system in Mississippi to receive this "Gold Plus" distinction from the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association. Only 28 hospitals nationwide earned this distinction.
Our University Heart program has been recognized for achievement in using evidence-based guidelines to provide the best possible care to patients through the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s "Get With the Guidelines" program.
UMMC and 814 other hospitals are featured in a special advertisement in the “America’s Best Hospitals” issue of U.S.News & World Report (August 2010) to commemorate the receipt of GWTG performance achievement awards.
ACTION Registry - GWTG Gold Performance Achievement Award
UMMC also earned a top performance award for its commitment and success in implementing a higher standard of care for heart attack patients. University Hospital is one of only 135 hospitals nationwide to receive tis prestigious honor.
The American College of Cardiology Foundation's NCDR Action Registry - GWTG Gold Performance Achievement Award signifies that UMMC has reached an aggressive goal of treating coronary artery disease patients with 85 percent compliance to core standard levels of care outlined by the ACC and American Heart Association clinical guidelines and recommendations.
Implementation of acute and secondary prevention and guideline-recommended therapy is a critical step in saving the lives and improving outcomes of heart attack patients.
To receive the achievement award, UMMC consistently followed treatment guidelines for 24 consecutive months. These include aggressive use of medications like cholesterol-lowering drugs, beta-blockers, ACE inhibitors, aspirin and anticoagulants in the hospital.
Heart Failure Gold Plus Performance Achievement Award
This award honored UMMC for its achievements with the American Heart Association's "Get with the Guidelines" program. It ensures consistent application of guidelines for heart failure patient treatment. It includes documented protocols for heart failure, stroke and resuscitation as well as a program for outpatient practices. For more information, click here.
High Achievement, American Heart/Stroke Association
This award honored UMMC for its achievements with the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association's "Get with the Guidelines" program. It ensures consistent application of guidelines for patient treatment. For more information, click here.
UMMC and University Heart received two awards in 2009 for adherence to "Get With the Guidelines" treatment practices. Gold awards were presented for coronary artery disease and heart failure treatment and care.
University Heart and UMMC received two awards for their achievements with "Get With the Guidelines." Bronze honors were presented for consistent care and treatment for coronary artery disease and heart patient patients.