Providence Alaska Medical Center among nation’s best at providing high-quality heart care

August 23, 2022 Providence News Team

ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Providence Alaska Medical Center (PAMC) has been recognized by the American College of Cardiology and American Heart Association for providing high-quality care for victims of heart disease and stroke.  

The hospital received the American College of Cardiology’s NCDR Chest Pain – MI Registry Platinum Performance Achievement Award for 2022. PAMC is one of only 240 hospitals nationwide — and the only hospital in Alaska — to receive the honor. 

The Chest Pain – MI Registry Performance Achievement Award program recognizes hospitals participating in the registry who have demonstrated sustained, top-level performance in quality of care and adherence to guideline recommendations. Through full participation in the registry, hospitals engage in a robust quality improvement process, using data to drive improvements and positively impact patient outcomes for heart attack patients. 

PAMC was recognized by the American Heart Association with the Get With The Guidelines-Stroke Gold Plus Quality Award, with recognition at the Target: Stroke Honor Roll Elite and Target: Type 2 Diabetes Honor Roll levels. PAMC also received the Mission: Lifeline STEMI Receiving Gold Plus award.  

The American Heart Association Get With The Guidelines and Mission: Lifeline achievement awards recognize hospitals who have demonstrated a commitment to following up-to-date, research-based guidelines for the treatment of heart disease and stroke, ultimately leading to more lives saved, shorter recovery times and fewer readmissions to the hospital. 

Every 40 seconds, someone in the U.S. has a stroke or heart attack, and heart disease and stroke are the No. 1 and No. 5 causes of death in the United States, respectively. Studies show patients can recover better when providers consistently follow treatment guidelines. 

“This recognition is a testament to the hard work and steadfast commitment of our caregivers to providing life-saving care for patients who have experienced a heart attack,” said Ella Goss, MSN, RN, chief executive, Providence Alaska Medical Center, and chief administrative officer, Providence Alaska Critical Access Hospitals. “When patients come here, they can feel confident that they’ll receive the best care possible to survive and recover after a cardiovascular event.”   

This is the eleventh consecutive year PAMC has been recognized for its dedication to continuous quality improvement that results in sustained, high-level performance and life-saving care. 


Providence Alaska Medical Center, a nationally recognized trauma center and Alaska’s only Magnet hospital, is part of Providence, a not-for-profit network of hospitals, care centers, health plans, physicians, clinics, home health services, affiliated services and educational facilities. For more information, visit

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 more than 56,000 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

The American Heart Association’s Mission: Lifeline program helps hospitals and emergency medical services develop systems of care that follow proven standards and procedures for STEMI patients. The program works by mobilizing teams across the continuum of care to implement American Heart Association/American College of Cardiology Foundation clinical treatment guidelines.  For more information, visit

Get With The Guidelines is the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s hospital-based quality improvement program that provides hospitals with the latest research-based guidelines. Developed with the goal of saving lives and hastening recovery, Get With The Guidelines has touched the lives of more than 12 million patients since 2001. For more information, visit


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