Saint Francis Among Nation’s Top Performing Hospitals for Treatment of Heart Attack Patients for Eleventh Consecutive Year

Saint Francis Healthcare System’s Heart Hospital has received the American College of Cardiology’s NCDR Chest Pain – MI Registry Platinum Performance Achievement Award for 2022. This is the eleventh consecutive year Saint Francis has been recognized for delivering the highest quality, patient-centered heart attack care, and Saint Francis is one of only 240 hospitals nationwide to receive the honor.

The award recognizes the Heart Hospital’s commitment and success in implementing a higher standard of care for heart attack patients and signifies Saint Francis 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.

Duc T. Nguyen, DO, Interventional Cardiologist with Cape Cardiology Group, a Saint Francis Medical Partner, and Saint Francis Chest Pain Center Medical Director, said of receiving the award, “We are pleased to receive this award again this year. Saint Francis is able to continue to achieve this level of performance through a collaborative team approach delivering exceptional high-quality care.”

To receive the Chest Pain – MI Registry Platinum Performance Achievement Award for 2022, Saint Francis has demonstrated sustained achievement in the Chest Pain – MI Registry for two consecutive years (2020 and 2021), and performed at the highest level for specific performance measures. Full participation in the registry engages hospitals in a robust quality improvement process using data to drive improvements in adherence to guideline recommendations and overall quality of care provided to heart attack patients.

“It is an honor to award Saint Francis 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 Saint Francis 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 and Prevention estimates that almost 800,000 Americans suffer a heart attack each year. A heart attack occurs when a blood clot in a coronary artery partially or completely blocks blood flow to the heart muscle. Treatment guidelines include administering aspirin upon arrival and discharge, timely restoration of blood flow to the blocked artery, smoking cessation counseling and cardiac rehabilitation, among others.

Chest Pain ̶ MI Registry empowers healthcare provider teams to consistently treat heart attack patients according to the most current, science-based guidelines and establishes a national standard for understanding and improving the quality, safety and outcomes of care provided for patients with coronary artery disease, specifically high-risk heart attack patients.

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 54,000 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