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Cheyenne Regional Medical Center receives Primary Heart Attack Certification

(l to r) Abdur Khan, MD interventional cardiologist; Justin Knapp, RN and Clinical Manager for the Catherization Lab; Deb Waters, Catherization Lab Coordinator; Casey Robinson, Administrator, Cardiac and Imaging Services.

Cheyenne Regional Medical Center is the first health system in Wyoming to receive The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval and the American Heart Association’s Heart-Check mark for Primary Heart Attack Center Certification. 

“It should give your community peace of mind that your local hospital has met the requirements to be a Certified Heart Attack Center,” said Aaron Koehler, Manager of the Wyoming Office of Emergency Services. “This shows that Cheyenne Regional Medical Center went above and beyond and we are happy to recognize that.”

 To earn this certification, facilities typically undergo a rigorous, unannounced onsite review by The Joint Commission. As Medical Director of the Cardiac Catheterization Lab, Abdur Khan, MD, interventional cardiologist at Cheyenne Regional Medical Center, led initiative and education across systems of care to ensure everything was in compliance for a Primary Heart Attack Center.

“This certification is a reflection of our entire team,” said Justin Knapp, BSN, Clinical Manager, Cheyenne Regional Cardiac Catheterization Lab. “We love being able to serve our community and to work alongside such great people.”

During the on-site visit, a team of Joint Commission reviewers evaluated compliance with related certification standards. These standards include access to cardiovascular expertise for emergency services 24 hours a day and participation in quality improvement programs — including the American Heart Association’s Get With the Guidelines®.

“Certification recognizes us as a health care organization that is committed to fostering continuous quality improvement in patient safety and quality of care. Our goal is to strengthen our structure so we can continue to improve treatment of cardiac patients,” said Dr. Khan. “It helps us provide better patient outcomes.”

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