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Sanford Heart Hospital honored with Mission: Lifeline achievement award

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Sanford Heart Hospital in Sioux Falls has received the Mission: Lifeline Receiving Center – GOLD PLUS Level Recognition Award. The American Heart Association program recognizes hospitals that quickly and appropriately treat heart attack patients.

This is the seventh consecutive year Sanford Heart Hospital has received this award, meaning the hospital has maintained the nationally respected clinical guidelines for cardiac care while applying the most up-to-date evidence based treatment guidelines to improve patient care and outcomes.  

Each year, hundreds of thousands of Americans suffer the most severe type of heart attack known as a STEMI, or ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction, caused by a complete blockage of blood flow to the heart that requires timely treatment. To prevent death, it’s critical to immediately restore blood flow, either by surgically opening the blocked vessel or by giving clot-busting medication.

The American Heart Association’s Mission: Lifeline program’s goal is to reduce system barriers to prompt treatment for heart attacks, beginning with the 9-1-1 call and continuing through hospital treatment.

To learn more about Sanford Heart Hospital, call 605- 312-2200 or 888-220-2929 or 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 and

About Sanford Health
Sanford Health is an integrated health system headquartered in the Dakotas. It is one of the largest health systems in the nation with 43 hospitals and nearly 250 clinics in nine states and four countries. Sanford Health’s 27,000 employees, including 1,400 physicians, make it the largest employer in the Dakotas. Nearly $1 billion in gifts from philanthropist Denny Sanford have allowed for several initiatives, including global children's clinics, genomic medicine and specialized centers researching cures for type 1 diabetes, breast cancer and other diseases. For more information, visit

Shawn Neisteadt

Sanford Health Media Strategist – Sioux Falls Region

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