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Local Hospitals Receive Top Designation for Heart Attack Care

May 16, 2018 - 9:52 am

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) - The Missouri Health Department designates eleven St. Louis area hospitals as Level One centers for dealing with serious heart attack victims. 

Missouri is the first state in the nation to designate which hospitals are best prepared to deal with three types of emergencies -- trauma, stroke and now STEMI heart attacks -- in which a major artery to the heart is blocked.  

Five SSM Health hospitals in this area got the Level One designation.  Dr. Alexander Garza is the chief quality officer for SSM Health.

“Level one status means you’ve met certain criteria to ensure that you can take care of heart attack patients that come in 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. So there’s certain criteria that you have to meet, such as making sure you have a cardiac cath lab available and that the specialists are available, all those different things that go into providing care for a heart attack victim," he says.

Also getting the Level One STEMI designation here -- Barnes Jewish, Mercy St. Louis and Mercy Jefferson in Crystal City, Missouri Baptist, St. Anthony's and St. Luke's Chesterfield.