Sanford Bemidji recognized for cardiology care

Sanford Bemidji is one of the nation’s best hospitals for its treatment of heart attack patients.

The Chest Pain Platinum Performance Achievement Award from the American College of Cardiology was awarded to 212 hospitals nationwide.

The award, according to a release, recognizes Sanford Bemidji Medical Center’s work toward a higher standard of care for heart attack patients.

“As a Platinum Performance Award recipient, Sanford Bemidji Medical Center has established itself as a leader in setting the national standard for improving quality of care in patients with acute myocardial infarction,” said Michael C. Kontos, MD, FACC, chair of the NCDR Chest Pain – MI Registry Steering Subcommittee, and cardiologist at Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Center.

“By meeting the award requirements set forth in the registry, Sanford Bemidji Medical Center has demonstrated a commitment to providing reliable, comprehensive treatment for heart attack patients based on current clinical guideline recommendations.”

The CDC estimates that almost 700,000 Americans suffer a heart attack each year, which is when a blood clot in a coronary artery partially or completely blocks blood flow to the heart muscle.

“We are immensely honored with receiving the platinum award,” shared Susan Jarvis, president and CEO for Sanford Health of Northern Minnesota.

“This recognition is a direct reflection of the outstanding work of our cardiovascular and Bemidji Medical Center teams all coming together to improve heart care for our region and local community,”


Larissa Donovan is the News Director for the stations of Paul Bunyan Broadcasting and has been, almost without interruption, since Election Day 2016. She covers all the beats in north-central Minnesota, such as local government, crime, education, environment and social issues. She studied communications at Bemidji State University.


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