July 2012

Memorial Celebrates Cardiac Benchmark of Excellence


Members of the cardiac care team at Memorial Hospital, Chattanooga, TN.

Memorial Hospital, Chattanooga, TN, celebrated 365 days of meeting the national guideline for excellence in cardiac care: no more than 90 minutes from the time a patient suffering a heart attack enters the emergency department until the time he or she receives a cardiac intervention. Memorial's mean time for the 2012 calendar year to date is 46 minutes. The guideline from the American College of Cardiology and the American Heart Association is considered a core measure of excellence for the treatment of an acute myocardial infarction.