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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 the quality of care

Jackson, TN (November 17, 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.”

In addition, Jackson-Madison County General Hospital was honored with the distinction of a Three Star
Rating by the Society of Thoracic Surgeons for quality measures in multiple disciplines for the past three
consecutive years, placing the hospital in the top six percent of the nation. This is after also being
awarded the HeartCARE Center National Distinction of Excellence in October based on meeting
accreditation criteria, and through their ongoing performance registry reporting.

Hospitals and health systems that have earned an ACC HeartCARE Center designation have met a set of
criteria, including participating in at least two ACC Accreditation Services programs, NCDR registries, and
targeted quality improvement campaigns, such as Patient Navigator Program: Focus MI, that are
designed to help hospitals and institutions close gaps in guideline-based care. Jackson-Madison County
General Hospital was previously awarded Chest Pain Center with PCI Accreditation, and Transcatheter
Valve Certification by ACC Accreditation Services. Jackson-Madison County General Hospital also
participates in the CathPCI Registry, EP Device Implant Registry, LAAO Registry, and STS/ACC TVT

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 muscle. 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.

“It is, once again, an honor to receive this level of recognition from the American College of
Cardiology,” 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 to
provide the best possible outcomes for our patients in this region. This is proof that our hospital is
one of the highest-performing hospitals in the country, and it is important for the community to
know that patients can receive the highest quality heart care right here in Jackson, Tennessee
without having to drive to a larger city.”

Chest Pain ̶ MI Registry 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.

About The American College of Cardiology:
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

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