Jackson-Madison County General Hospital Among Nation’s Top Performing Hospitals for Treatment of Heart Attack Patients

American College of Cardiology NCDR Chest Pain ̶ MI Registry Platinum Award recognizes sustained,
high-level performance in quality of care.

Jackson, TN, May 10, 2022 – Jackson-Madison County General Hospital has received the American
College of Cardiology’s NCDR Chest Pain ̶ MI Registry Platinum Performance Achievement Award for
2022. Jackson-Madison County General Hospital is one of only 240 hospitals nationwide to receive the
honor.

The award recognizes Jackson Madison County General Hospital’s commitment and success in
implementing a higher standard of care for heart attack patients and signifies that Jackson-Madison
County General Hospital 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.

To receive the Chest Pain ̶ MI Registry Platinum Performance Achievement Award, Jackson-Madison
County General Hospital has 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 Jackson-Madison County General Hospital 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 Jackson-Madison County General Hospital 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 muscles. 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.

“We are so proud to receive this recognition once again” said Deann Thelen, CEO of Jackson-
Madison County General Hospital. “This award is a testament to the close collaboration and active
involvement of a highly-skilled healthcare team who provides the best possible outcomes for our
patients in this region.”

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 acc.org.

About West Tennessee Healthcare
West Tennessee Healthcare is a public, not-for-profit healthcare system with locations serving 19
counties in West Tennessee and Southeast Missouri. The mission of West Tennessee Healthcare is
to improve the health and well-being of the communities we serve while providing exceptional and
compassionate care. For more information, visit www.wth.org.

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