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Top Award for Cardiac Care Goes to IU Health Goshen Heart & Vascular Center

| Goshen, IND. —The Indiana University Health Goshen Heart & Vascular Center was awarded the 2012 Platinum Performance Achievement Award by the American College of Cardiology Foundation’s National Cardiovascular Data Registry. Only 164 hospitals—out of approximately 6,000 nationwide—received this distinction. Dr. Mark Smucker, medical director of cardiology for IU Health Goshen, was on hand to receive the award at a ceremony in Los Angeles on Monday, Nov. 5.

The award recognizes IU Health Goshen for its success in implementing the best standards of care for heart attack patients as defined by the American College of Cardiology and the American Heart Association. These performance standards are based on the most current scientific guidelines.

IU Health Goshen has among the lowest door-to-balloon times in the nation. Door-to-balloon is the amount of time it takes to treat a heart attack patient once they enter the Emergency Department; the less time it takes, the better a patient’s outcome. Data released in April 2012 put IU Health Goshen in the 99th percentile for door-to-balloon times, measured against thousands of hospitals in the United States. The national average for door-to-balloon times is about 78 minutes. Goshen has achieved times as low as 19 minutes.

“We want to make Elkhart County the safest place in the country to have a heart attack,” says Dr. Smucker. “With the systems we have established to address heart attacks efficiently and effectively, we are well on our way toward achieving that goal.”

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