Sanford Heart Hospital recognized with pair of awards

By: Shawn Neisteadt .

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SIOUX FALLS, S.D. —Sanford Heart Hospital received two awards from Mission: Lifeline®, a program of the American Heart Association.

Sanford received the Mission: Lifeline® Gold Receiving Quality Achievement Award and the Mission: Lifeline® NSTEMI Silver Quality Achievement Award. The American Heart Association’s Mission: Lifeline program’s goal is to reduce system barriers to prompt treatment for heart attacks, beginning with the 9-1-1 call and continuing through hospital treatment.

To be eligible for the Gold Receiving Quality Achievement Award, Sanford Heart Hospital had to reach 85 percent composite adherence and at least 24 consecutive months of 75 percent or higher compliance on all Mission: Lifeline STEMI Receiving Center quality measures to improve the quality of care for STEMI patients. The NSTEMI Silver Quality Achievement Award is based on specific criteria and standards of performance for the quick and appropriate treatment of NSTEMI patients by providing emergency procedures to re-establish blood flow to blocked arteries.

“We know that Sanford Heart Hospital is a leader in cardiac care with experts dedicated to the prompt treatment of patients,” said Tom Stys, M.D., an interventional cardiologist and medical director for Sanford Heart Hospital. “To be recognized by the American Heart Association is validation of our standards of care.”

Sanford Heart Hospital, located on the Sanford USD Medical Center campus, employs more than 750 experienced heart specialists and staff. The heart hospital is six stories and 205,000 square feet. Sanford Heart Hospital provides a full range of treatments and consistently ranks among the leading programs, both regionally and nationally.

About Sanford Health
Sanford Health is an integrated health system headquartered in the Dakotas. It is one of the largest health systems in the nation with 45 hospitals and nearly 300 clinics in nine states and four countries. Sanford Health’s 28,000 employees, including more than 1,300 physicians, make it the largest employer in the Dakotas. Nearly $1 billion in gifts from philanthropist Denny Sanford have allowed for several initiatives, including global children’s clinics, genomic medicine and specialized centers researching cures for type 1 diabetes, breast cancer and other diseases. For more information, visit

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