FARGO, N.D. • Essentia Health has been added to the list of 140 hospitals countrywide recently recognized by a national college of cardiology.

Essentia recently received the American College of Cardiology’s NCDR Chest Pain-MI Registry Platinum Performance Achievement Award for 2020, according to a news release.

The award recognizes Essentia Health’s success in implementing a higher standard of care for heart attack patients and signifies that Essentia Health has reached an aggressive goal of strict adherence to clinical guidelines and recommendations as outlined by the American College of Cardiology/American Heart Association.

To receive the achievement award, Essentia Health has demonstrated sustained achievement in the Chest Pain-MI Registry for two consecutive years (2018 and 2019), and performed at the highest level for specific performance measures.

“As a Platinum Performance Award recipient, Essentia Health has established itself as a leader in setting the national standard for improving quality of care in patients with acute myocardial infarction,” Dr. Michael C. Kontos, chair of the NCDR Chest Pain-MI Registry Steering Subcommittee, Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Center, said in a statement.

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“By meeting the award requirements set forth in the registry, Essentia Health has demonstrated a commitment to providing reliable, comprehensive treatment for heart attack patients based on current clinical guideline recommendations.”

The Center for Disease Control estimates that almost 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.

“This award is a testimony to the sheer dedication and hard work put in by our doctors and nurses to achieve the best possible outcomes for our patients with heart attack,” said Dr. Alok Saurav, interventional cardiologist at Essentia Health-Fargo.