Providence St. Patrick Hospital Earns Award for Cardiac Center

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Cardiac patients in Western Montana can take heart in the quality and effectiveness of services available to them.

Providence St. Patrick Hospital in Missoula has for the first time earned The Joint Commission's Comprehensive Cardiac Center Certification, effective through June 2025, for its provision of comprehensive cardiovascular care, treatment and services.

The Joint Commission, which accredits more than 22,000 US health care organizations and programs, sent a team earlier this summer to conduct a rigorous site review of the hospital’s cardiac services.

The reviewers conducted onsite observations and interviews, and spent significant time on individual patient tracing to evaluate St. Patrick’s provision of care, treatment and services using the patient’s experience as a guide.

The Joint Commission evaluated nearly a dozen specific services, including acute myocardial infarction, cardiac rehabilitation, coronary artery bypass, and arrhythmia management, among others.

Its summary statement said in part, “We commend Providence St. Patrick Hospital for using certification to reduce variation in its clinical processes and to strengthen its program structure and management framework for cardiac patients.”

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