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Community Hospital earns Platinum Performance Achievement Award

Team members include (standing, left to right) Cardiovascular Research Supervisor and Chest Pain Center Coordinator Cheryl Smyth, RN; Clinical Trials Nurse Barb Troehler; Emergency Department Nurse Manager Robert Hoskins; Assistant Emergency Department Nurse Manager Amanda Jensen; (seated, left to right) Chest Pain Center Co-Chairman David Stewart, MD; Community Healthcare System Cardiovascular Research Director Prakash Makam, MD; Chairman of Cardiovascular Services and Cath Lab Director Samer Abbas, MD and Chest Pain Center Co-Chairman Eric Wasilowski, DO.
MUNSTER – Community Hospital’s Chest Pain Center and Cardiovascular Research teams have been awarded the American College of Cardiology’s NCDR ACTION Registry–GWTG Platinum Performance Achievement Award for 2016. The award, presented to a select group of hospitals nationwide, recognizes the consistent scoring of 90 percent or better in the treatment of heart attack patients for two consecutive years.

“Our Chest Pain Center team continually sets the bar high and shares an ongoing commitment to providing quality patient care,” says Community Hospital CEO Lou Molina. “These collaborative efforts have proven to provide the best outcomes for countless heart attack patients who trust us with their care.”

The Chest Pain Center at Community Hospital has been fully accredited by the Society of Chest Pain Centers, confirming the team’s knowledge and expertise within the field of cardiac care. Working hand-in-hand with internal departments and local emergency medical services, our skilled cardiac team uses the most advanced equipment and latest testing techniques to stabilize and calm each patient in a matter of minutes.

From the most critical time of arrival in the Emergency department, chest pain experts thoroughly assess each patient following evidence-based treatment guidelines which helps to avoid any potentially damaging long-term effects. These guidelines include factors such as the timely administration of aspirin at triage, prompt restoration of blood flow to the arteries, follow-up smoking cessation counseling and cardiac rehabilitation.

“It is imperative to be treated immediately if you experience signs of heart attack,” explains Samer Abbas, MD, chairman of Cardiovascular Services and director of the Cath Lab at Community Hospital, “Our cardiovascular and emergency teams carefully coordinate care of each patient and follow evidence-based protocols because it saves lives; it is a practice we continuously work toward improving and something we are proud to have consistently accomplished.”

Chest pain patients at Community Hospital have immediate access to a full-service, 24-hour cardiac catheterization lab, non-invasive diagnostic testing including cardiac ultrasound and nuclear imaging, and a specialized cardiac team that is available 24 hours a day. Community also offers cardiovascular research trial opportunities to those who are interested and qualify.

Community Hospital also has been recognized nationally for overall quality cardiac services including cardiology, heart and vascular surgery, neurosurgery and stroke care. For more information about cardiac services offered at Community Hospital, visit

ACTION Registry-GWTG is a partnership between the American College of Cardiology and the American Heart Association with partnering support from the American College of Emergency Physicians and the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care. ACTION Registry-GWTG empowers healthcare 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.

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