The only hospital in the state of Minnesota to receive an award involving the care of patients with heart health problems is in our own backyard.
The Minnesota Department of Health has recognized two Essentia Health hospitals - St. Mary's Medical Center in Duluth, and Essentia Health-Fargo, as STEMI Receiving Centers.
Those hospitals have the personnel, infrastructure and expertise to diagnose and treat STEMI patients.
STEMI patients require intensive medical and surgical care, specialized tests, or interventional therapies.
Essentia says each year, more than 250,000 Americans, including about 3,000 Minnesotans, suffer a STEMI, or ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction, which is the most severe form of a heart attack.
STEMI program manager Richard Mullvain says the faster a STEMI patient can get to a hospital to open a blocked artery, the faster doctors and surgeons can save them.
"Minnesotans are fortunate that most hospitals already provide very good heart attack care, but there are always opportunities for improvement. The STEMI
Receiving Center designation challenges hospitals to raise the bar and provide even better care," said Mullivan.