Providence Alaska Medical Center recognized for high-quality heart care

February 11, 2022 Providence News Team

American College of Cardiology, American Heart Association
recognize commitment to providing life-saving treatment


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

The hospital received the American College of Cardiology’s NCDR Chest Pain – MI Registry Platinum Performance Achievement Award for 2021. PAMC is one of only 212 hospitals nationwide and the only hospital in Alaska to receive the honor.

The award recognizes Providence’s commitment and success in implementing a higher standard of care for heart attack patients and signifies that this hospital 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.

PAMC was also awarded the American Heart Association’s Get With the Guidelines Mission: Lifeline - STEMI Receiving Center - SILVER PLUS / BRONZE PLUS awards for 2021. Providence Alaska Medical Center is the only hospital in the state to be recognized with the STEMI Receiving Center - SILVER PLUS award.

Providence earned this recognition for implementing quality improvement measures that ensure cardiovascular patients receive efficient and coordinated care, ultimately leading to more lives saved, shorter recovery times and fewer returns to the hospital. The American Heart Association’s Get With the Guidelines and Mission: Lifeline programs help reduce barriers to prompt treatment for cardiovascular events.

“These awards are a testament to the dedication of our caregivers in ensuring our patients have the best possible chance of survival and recovery after cardiovascular events such as heart attack and stroke,” said Ella Goss, MSN, RN, chief executive, Providence Alaska Medical Center and chief operating officer, Providence Alaska Critical Access Hospitals. “When Alaskans come to our hospital for care, they should take comfort in knowing they are receiving the best care possible.”

Nearly half of all adults in the United States have experienced some form of cardiovascular disease – including heart attack, stroke and heart failure. For patients with conditions that are severe enough to be transported or admitted to a hospital, time is critical.

“By meeting the award requirements set forth in the registry, Providence Alaska Medical Center has demonstrated a commitment to providing reliable, comprehensive treatment for heart attack patients based on current clinical guideline recommendations,” said Michael C. Kontos, M.D., FACC, chair of the NCDR Chest Pain – MI Registry Steering Subcommittee and cardiologist at Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Center.


About Providence Alaska Medical Center
Providence Alaska Medical Center, a nationally recognized trauma center and Alaska’s only Magnet hospital, is part of Providence St. Joseph Health, 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
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

About Get With the Guidelines
Get With The Guidelines (GWTG) is a hospital-based quality improvement initiative created by the American Heart Association (AHA) and the American Stroke Association (ASA) to improve the care of patients with cardiac diseases and stroke. It supports the AHA mission to reduce death and disability due to cardiovascular diseases and stroke. It is evidence-based and founded on the American College of Cardiology/American Heart Association Guidelines for secondary prevention of cardiovascular diseases and is designed to help health care providers consistently treat patients in accordance with these accepted guidelines. For more information, visit

About Mission: Lifeline
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


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