Sanford Bemidji Medical Center nationally recognized for heart attack care

The American College of Cardiology has awarded the Sanford Bemidji Medical Center a Gold Performance Achievement Award for its standard of care for heart attack patients.

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BEMIDJI — Bemidji’s Sanford Medical Center has received the American College of Cardiology’s NCDR Chest Pain ̶ MI Registry Gold Performance Achievement Award for 2022, one of 81 hospitals across the country to receive the honor.

The award recognizes Sanford Health’s efforts to increase the standard of care for heart attack patients in its Bemidji medical facilities.

“Our cardiovascular team is honored to receive recognition for the third year in a row from the American College of Cardiology,” Dr. Gregory Schuchard, interventional cardiologist and head of cardiology at Sanford Bemidji Medical Center, shared in a release. “This achievement is a direct reflection of the continued hard work and diligence of our cardiovascular and Bemidji Medical Center teams to improve care for our community.”

Sanford Bemidji Medical Center was awarded the NCDR Chest Pain – MI Registry Platinum Performance Achievement Award in 2021 and the NCDR Chest Pain – MI Registry Silver Performance Achievement Award in 2020.

The performance achievement awards recognize Sanford Health’s commitment and success in implementing a higher standard of care for heart attack patients and signifies that Sanford Health has reached an aggressive goal of treating these patients to standard levels of care as outlined by the American College of Cardiology/American Heart Association clinical guidelines and recommendations, the release said.


To receive this award, Sanford Health demonstrated sustained achievement in the Chest Pain ̶ MI Registry for two consecutive years (2020 and 2021), and performed at the highest level for specific performance measures.

Chest Pain ̶ MI Registry empowers health care provider teams to consistently treat heart attack patients according to the most current, science-based guidelines and establishes a national standard for understanding and improving the quality, safety and outcomes of care provided for patients with coronary artery disease, specifically high-risk heart attack patients, the release said.

“It is an honor to award Sanford Bemidji Medical Center with the Gold Performance Award for their valuable national leadership and dedication to meeting comprehensive performance measures in patient care,” said Michael C. Kontos, MD, FACC, chair of the NCDR Chest Pain ̶ MI Registry Steering Subcommittee, and cardiologist at Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Center.

Sanford hospitals in Sioux Falls, S.D., and Fargo and Bismarck, N.D., were also honored.

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