Holston Valley And Bristol Regional Receive More National Recognition For High-Quality Heart Care
High-quality heart care at Holston
Valley Medical Center and Bristol
Regional Medical Center, which improves lives every day, has been
nationally recognized again.
The two hospitals have achieved
bronze and silver awards for their heart failure care from the American Heart Association’s Get with the
Guidelines program. Bristol Regional also attained a silver award in the
American Heart Association’s Mission: Lifeline program.
“These awards reaffirm that patients with heart care needs
are in excellent hands when they come to Wellmont
Health System hospitals and our many offices in the region,” said Dr. Jerry
Blackwell, president of the Wellmont CVA
Heart Institute. “Our focus is always on delivering the best heart
care possible for our patients so they can recover and proceed with their
The American Heart Association honors a hospital with a
bronze award in the Get with the Guidelines program when it follows treatment
guidelines in certain key measures at least 85 percent of the time and
maintains this level for at least 90 consecutive days. The silver award is
given if the hospital maintains this performance level for 12 straight months.
Bristol Regional received silver recognition in Mission:
Lifeline because it had achieved 85 percent or higher composite adherence to
the program’s quality achievement indicators for ST segment elevation
myocardial infarction referral centers for two straight 12-month intervals. The
hospital also attained 75 percent or higher compliance on all quality measures
to improve the quality of care for patients who have this form of a heart
The silver award for Mission: Lifeline is one grade higher than
in 2011, when Bristol Regional received a bronze recognition.
Wellmont sets a high standard for heart care. Bristol
Regional excels at restoring blood flow to a clogged artery, accomplishing that
in as short as 15 minutes from the patient’s entry into the hospital. Holston
Valley has performed the procedure in 19 minutes. The national gold standard is
Playing a large role in these excellent times is Wellmont’s Level One
Heart Attack Network, a coordinated system between caregivers in the
field and physicians and nurses at Wellmont hospitals to treat patients as
quickly as possible. A key component is for paramedics to perform an
electrocardiogram in the field and transmit it to an emergency department so a
physician can read it.
That enables a Wellmont hospital to mobilize its cardiac
catheterization unit so physicians and nurses will be ready to perform the
procedure when the patient arrives.
The heart institute also operates a heart failure clinic,
which provides medication maintenance and treatment for patients. Physicians
follow patients closely to evaluate the patient’s response to treatment and
prevent and treat worsening heart failure symptoms.
These national awards are the latest the heart institute has
achieved. Both hospitals have been chosen by the country’s largest consumer
magazine among the elite for heart bypass surgery the last two years.
CareChex, a national ratings agency, has ranked Holston
Valley’s carotid artery stenting program No. 1 in the nation. The hospital is
also in the top 100 in the United States for cardiac care, major cardiac
surgery, heart attack treatment and coronary bypass surgery. Bristol Regional
was tabbed among the top 10 percent in Tennessee for heart attack and heart
“Heart trouble can be worrisome for patients and their
families, but the recognition we receive should comfort them and give them assurance
that we bring multiple resources to bear,” Dr. Blackwell said. “We’re proud of
these awards but are always looking for more ways to enhance cardiovascular
care at the heart institute.
“Our emphasis and commitment to patients will remain
delivering convenient, high-quality care with expert physicians and other
medical staff at the lowest possible cost with the greatest access. These
designations reinforce that sensational care is available close to home.”