How Do We Score?

Door-to-Balloon Times  |  Heart attack (AMI)  |  Heart Failure  |  Get With the Guidelines™  |  Society of Chest Pain Centers

When it comes to chest pain, time is muscle. At Lee's Summit Medical Center, we consistently provide excellent emergency care and we’ll show you the numbers to prove it.

Each hospital throughout the U.S. is scored based on the core measures established by the Centers of Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) that show how well a team delivers the recommended care for a number of conditions. One of these scores is door-to-balloon time. Door-to-balloon time is a main indicator of the hospital’s response to heart attacks. Recommendations from the American College of Cardiology and the American Heart Association suggest that door-to-balloon time be no greater than 90 minutes, measured from when a patient arrives at a hospital (“the door”) with symptoms of a heart attack to when a cardiologist inflates a balloon through a catheter in the heart (“the balloon”), opening the blockage that is damaging the heart muscle. Improving blood circulation through the heart as quickly as possible is critical to minimizing the damage done to the heart during a heart attack.

Lee's Summit Medical Center is part of Midwest Heart Care accredited chest pain center network. These hospitals consistently deliver the fastest door-to-balloon times in the Kansas City area. We have an average door-to-balloon time of 68 Mins and more than 90 percent of our patients receive door-to-balloon times under 90 minutes. We provide these scores so that you can compare us to hospitals at a national, regional or local level – we’re confident that you’ll put your trust in Lee's Summit Medical Center.