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St. Vincent Among Nation’s Top Performing Hospitals for Treatment of Heart Attack Patients for Second Consecutive Year

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Billings, MT - St. Vincent Healthcare has received national recognition as a top performing hospital for the treatment of heart attack patients and for their commitment to improving the quality of life of cardiovascular patients.

St. Vincent Healthcare has received the American College of Cardiology’s NCDR Chest Pain ̶ MI Registry Gold Performance Achievement Award for 2020. St. Vincent is one of only 60 hospitals nationwide to receive the honor.

“We are thrilled to be recognized for a second year in a row. This honor would not be possible without our entire team of dedicated healthcare professionals,” said Theresa Ketterling, St. Vincent Healthcare Director of Cardiovascular Services. “St. Vincent Healthcare is committed to treating each and every patient according to the most current, evidence-based guidelines and providing the highest level of care.”

St. Vincent’s 2020 Gold Award is a result of their continued work to provide a higher standard of care for heart attack patients; building upon their momentum from 2019 when the team earned the Chest Pain ̶ MI Registry Silver Performance Achievement Award.

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.

St. James Healthcare in Butte, a fellow hospital of the SCL Health System, also received recognition as a Silver Achievement Award Winner.

About SCL Health

SCL Health is a faith-based, nonprofit healthcare organization dedicated to improving the health of the people and communities we serve. Founded by the Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth in 1864, our health network provides comprehensive, coordinated care through eight hospitals, more than 180 physician clinics, home health, hospice, mental health, and safety-net services in Colorado and the Montana Wyoming region.