St. Joseph Medical Center has been recognized by the American Heart Association for its dedication to improving care for patients who suffer severe heart attacks.

The Tacoma facility was awarded the 2016 Mission: Lifeline NSTEMI Early Adopter Quality Achievement Award by the AHA. St. Joseph earned the award by meeting specific criteria and standards of performance for the quick and appropriate treatment of NSTEMI (a type of heart attack) patients by providing emergency procedures to re-establish blood flow to blocked arteries when needed.

Eligible hospitals must have adhered to these measures at a set level for the first two quarters of 2016.

“It is a great honor for our cardiac team at St. Joseph Medical Center to receive this national recognition for their outstanding achievements in cardiac care,” said Gregory Eberhart, MD, MMM, Medical Director of CHI Franciscan's Cardiovascular Services. “At St. Joseph Medical Center, we work tirelessly each and every day to provide our cardiac patients with the immediate and excellent care they need and deserve.”