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Houston Northwest Medical Center Is One of Two Hospitals in Texas Named A Mentor Hospital for Heart Attack

Elite Mentor Hospital Designation by the Institute for Healthcare Improvement

HOUSTON, Jan. 21 /PRNewswire/ -- Houston Northwest Medical Center is among an elite group of hospitals nationwide - and among only two in Texas - named by the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) as a Mentor Hospital for Acute Myocardial Infarction (AMI), otherwise known as heart attack. IHI is an independent not-for-profit organization with a mission of helping lead the improvement of health care throughout the world, and may be best known for its 5 Millions Lives Campaign, a nationwide initiative to protect patients from 5 million incidents of medical harm over a two-year period (December 2006-December 2008).

"We are elated to be selected by the Institute for Healthcare Improvement to be a Mentor Hospital," says Terry Kirk, RN, MSN, EdD, chief nursing officer at Houston Northwest Medical Center.

"With this recent IHI Mentor Hospital designation for heart attack care, Houston Northwest Medical Center will be looked to for support, advice, clinical expertise, and tips by hospitals seeking help with their own efforts," adds Kirk. "Hospitals that achieve this distinction by IHI are reviewed for certain AMI protocols, such as ensuring the administration of aspirin and beta-blockers on admission and discharge and ACE inhibitors as appropriate, counseling smokers to quit, and achieving commendable door-to-balloon times (D2B). Of particular note is Houston Northwest Medical Center's D2B times - the time from when a patient enters the Emergency Department through the time it takes to open the blocked artery. The sooner blood flow can be restored, the less permanent damage to the heart. At Houston Northwest Medical Center, the average D2B time in 2008 was 60 minutes, with a Houston Northwest Medical Center record of 20 minutes. The national recommendation by the American College of Cardiology and the American Heart Association is 90 minutes."

About Houston Northwest Medical Center

Houston Northwest Medical Center is located at 710 F.M. 1960 West in Houston. Houston Northwest Medical Center has been serving the North Houston community for 35 years. The hospital is an Accredited Chest Pain Center by the Society of Chest Pain Centers. Houston Northwest Medical Center ranks among the nation's top hospitals for several service lines including critical care, stroke and general surgery by HealthGrades, an independent health care ratings company. Houston Northwest Medical Center is also a designated Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence by the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery. To learn more about Houston Northwest Medical Center, a facility accredited by The Joint Commission, visit

    Contact: Theresa Lewis
    Houston Northwest Medical Center
    (281) 440-2444

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