July 2012

Memorial Celebrates Cardiac Benchmark of Excellence

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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.