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Heart Institute

The St. Joseph Hospital Heart Institute team was recently recognized with an excellent performance rating for three important indicators from the National Registry of Myocardial Infarction (NRMI).

The team received the high ratings in the:

  • Time to medication upon arrival at Emergency Room. Score: 100%. Studies show that early treatment with aspirin reduces mortality from Acute Myocardial Infarction (heart attack).
  • Time taken to receive angioplasty. Average time: 80 minutes. This is the time from when a patient first comes to the ER and receives diagnosis, has a cardiologist notified, is transported to the Cath Lab, and has angioplasty performed. Providing care in 90 minutes is the national goal for achieving optimal care.
  • Patient referral to Cardiac Rehabilitation. Over 73% of cardiac patients at St. Joseph Hospital receive education or referrals for Cardiac Rehab. Other hospitals in the study (over 1,200) reported only a 25% average referral rate.

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