Sanford Fargo top performing hospital for heart attacks

May 23, 2023

Jessica Schindeldecker
Sanford Health Senior Communications Specialist
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FARGO, N.D.Sanford Medical Center Fargo has received the American College of Cardiology’s NCDR Chest Pain ̶ MI Registry Platinum Performance Achievement Award for 2023. Sanford Medical Center Fargo is one of only 262 hospitals nationwide to receive the honor.

“This award is a reflection of our commitment of our team’s relentless pursuit of excellence, as they continue to raise the bar in delivering timely, evidence-based care and saving lives.” said Paul Burud, executive director, cardiology, Sanford Fargo. “This recognition reinforces our shared mission to make a positive impact on the health and well-being of our community. Together, we will remain steadfast in our pursuit of the highest standard of care, as we strive to provide hope and healing to every heart that seeks our assistance.”

The award recognizes Sanford’s commitment and success in implementing a higher standard of care for heart attack patients and signifies that Sanford Health Medical Center Fargo 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.

“It is an honor to award Sanford Medical Center Fargo with the Platinum 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. “The receipt of this award indicates that Sanford Medical Center Fargo remains committed to providing top quality, guideline-driven care for heart attack patients. Their success ensures patients are receiving the highest quality cardiovascular care.”

The Centers for Disease Control estimates that over 800,000 Americans suffer a heart attack each year.

The American College of Cardiology envisions a world where innovation and knowledge optimize cardiovascular care and outcomes. As the professional home for the entire cardiovascular care team, the mission of the College and its more than 56,000 members is to transform cardiovascular care and to improve heart health. The ACC bestows credentials upon cardiovascular professionals who meet stringent qualifications and leads in the formation of health policy, standards and guidelines. The College also provides professional medical education, disseminates cardiovascular research through its world-renowned JACC Journals, operates national registries to measure and improve care, and offers cardiovascular accreditation to hospitals and institutions. For more, visit

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