Providence Portland area medical centers earn national recognition for excellence in heart attack care 

Heart attack patients arriving at Providence get some of the best care in the country. That’s the conclusion of the American Heart Association, which has recognized Providence Portland Medical Center and Providence St. Vincent Medical Center with its Mission: Lifeline Bronze Performance Achievement Award. Only 76 hospitals nationwide received Mission: Lifeline recognition, and Providence Portland and Providence St. Vincent are the only award winners in Oregon. 

The award recognizes outstanding standards of care for patients who have sudden, severe heart attacks. Every year, nearly 400,000 people experience this type of heart attack, known as ST Elevation Myocardial Infarction or STEMI. Unfortunately, a significant number of those people do not receive timely access to treatments.

“This is a huge honor for Providence Heart and Vascular Institute. We are so proud of our dedicated teams who work together,” said Kristy Wayson, Executive Director, Providence Heart and Vascular Institute. “From the moment emergency responders reach a heart attack patient, the teams are working together to deliver the very best care as quickly as possible.”

Hospitals that receive the Mission: Lifeline Bronze Performance Achievement Award have demonstrated for 90 consecutive days that at least 85 percent of eligible STEMI patients are treated following the American Heart Association’s recommended timeframes from the moment they have their heart attack through discharge from the hospital.

Providence Heart and Vascular Institute is the largest provider of cardiac services in Oregon. Every year, more than 13,000 patients benefit from the latest advances in diagnosis, treatment and cardiac surgery.