Among Nation’s Top Hospitals for Treatment of Heart Attack Patients

Billings Clinic Heart & Vascular at CMC receives the ACTION Registry Platinum Performance Achievement Award

American College of Cardiology NCDR ACTION Registry Platinum Award recognizes high standards of patient care. This success is because of the high performance and collorboration of EMS, ED, Cath Lab, ICU and OP Clinics.

Billings Clinic Heart & Vascular at CMC has received the American College of Cardiology’s NCDR ACTION Registry Platinum Performance Achievement Award for 2018. We are one of only 203 hospitals nationwide to receive the honor.

The award recognizes Billings Clinic Heart & Vascular’s (BCHV) commitment and success in implementing a higher standard of care for heart attack patients and signifies that BCHV 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 ACTION Registry Platinum Performance Achievement Award, Community Medical Center has demonstrated sustained achievement in the ACTION Registry for eight consecutive quarters and has performed at the top level of standards 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.

“As a Platinum Performance Award recipient, Billings Clinic Heart & Vascular at CMC has shown it is a leader in implementing standards of care and protocols for its patients,” said Deepak L. Bhatt, MD, MPH, FACC, Chair, ACTION Registry; Executive Director of Interventional Cardiovascular Programs, Brigham and Women’s Hospital Heart and Vascular Center; and Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School. “By meeting the requirements set forth in the registry and establishing a culture of providing guideline-recommended therapy, Billings Clinic Heart & Vascular at CMC is saving lives and improving outcomes of heart attack patients.”

The Center for Disease Control estimates that over 700,000 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.

Throughout the United States each year, nearly 931,000 people suffer heart attacks. About 250,000 of those patients suffer a severe type of heart attack (an ST-elevated myocardial infarction, or STEMI) caused by the sudden, total blockage of a coronary artery. According to the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services and the Montana Hospital Association, 1799 people were hospitalized in Montana for acute heart attack in 2012, and of those, 777 were STEMIs.

ACTION 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.

The American College of Cardiology is the professional home for the entire cardiovascular care team. The mission of the College and its more than 52,000 members is to transform cardiovascular care and to improve heart health. The ACC leads in the formation of health policy, standards and guidelines. The College operates national registries to measure and improve care, offers cardiovascular accreditation to hospitals and institutions, provides professional medical education, disseminates cardiovascular research and bestows credentials upon cardiovascular specialists who meet stringent qualifications. For more, visit