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Local hospitals receive cardiac recognition award

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News from St. Luke Community Hospital, Providence St. Joseph Medical Center

Both local hospitals, St. Luke Community Hospital in Ronan and Providence St. Joseph Medical Center in Polson, were recognized with the Cardiac Recognition Award at the Montana Hospital Association’s annual meeting in Billings on Sept. 21. The Cardiac Recognition Award is sponsored by the Cardiovascular Health Program within the state health department. The Recognition Award singles out Critical Access Hospitals who demonstrate that they have the infrastructure and commitment to provide high quality care for patients with acute coronary syndrome, which includes heart attack. Receiving the Cardiac Recognition confirms St. Luke and St. Joe’s meets high standards related to the utilization of evidence-based cardiac order-sets and protocols, provides laboratory services 24/7, has a well thought out transfer protocol and has administrative commitment to treating heart attack patients.  

This is the sixth year that the Cardiac Recognition Award was presented and St. Luke Community Hospital and Providence St. Joseph Medical Center are two of 12 Critical Access Hospitals to qualify for the award. Requirements for the recognition include tracking and reporting key cardiac outcomes, using outcomes data to initiate quality improvement activities and coordinating regular healthcare provider cardiac trainings.

Heart disease is a leading cause of death in both Montana and the United States. Last year, more than 3,000 Montanans died from the impact of heart disease. Symptom recognition and timely, high quality treatment are important factors in reducing death from heart attack.    

Know the signs and symptoms of heart attack:

– Discomfort in the chest that does not go away after a short period of time

– Discomfort in the arm, shoulder, jaw or upper back

– Shortness of breath with or without chest discomfort

– Breaking out into a cold sweat, unexplained nausea, dizziness, palpitations or fatigue

Call 9-1-1- immediately if you or someone you know experience heart attack symptoms. For more information about heart disease, please visit:

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