St. Joseph and St. Mary’s Medical Centers Receive Level 2 STEMI Designation from Missouri Health and Senior Services
05/23/2018 04:20 PM

STEMI is a common name for ST-Elevation Myocardial Infarction, a serious heart attack in which one of the heart’s main arteries is blocked. Because of the risk of death and disability, patients experiencing a STEMI need quick care. The designation means St. Joseph and St. Mary’s have a consistently proven plan and record of dealing with almost every aspect of STEMI and provide a high level of care to a great number of patients experiencing trauma, stroke and heart attacks in which one of the heart's major arteries is blocked.

Missouri hospitals can apply for the voluntary STEMI designation and the level reflects a range of hospital-based functions within the emergency medical care system, each playing a vital role in the system. Level 2 STEMI facilities provide many of the same resources for immediate care of heart attack patients as Level 1 STEMI centers.

“The STEMI teams at St. Joseph and St. Mary’s are extremely efficient and impressive,” said Krista Bay, Performance Improvement Manager at St. Mary’s Medical Center. “Individuals who receive treatment within specific time frames after symptoms begin are more likely to recover and less likely to have permanent disabilities. Getting help and getting it fast is the key to surviving this major medical emergency.”

Missouri’s Time Critical Diagnosis system is designed to coordinate emergency care provided by emergency responders and all medical facilities to send patients to the nearest qualified hospital. Having the resources of a Level 2 Center provides a life-saving service to a community can be especially important in a rural region. 

In addition to being a Level II STEMI Center, St. Joseph and St. Mary’s Medical Centers are both Level II Stroke and Level II Chest Pain Centers. 


About St. Joseph Medical Center

St. Joseph Medical Center is a faith-based, 310-bed hospital providing a wide range of acute care and outpatient services. Key services include the, Senior Care Services, St. Joseph Heart Institute, Breast Center and Joint and Spine Institute. St. Joseph is a member of Prime Healthcare. Prime Healthcare and its hospitals have been recognized as among the “100 Top Hospitals” in the nation 42 times and among the “15 Top Health Systems” three times, and Prime Healthcare is the only "Top 10 Health System" west of the Mississippi.   We believe that continuous, quality of care and performance improvements are the foundation for preserving and enhancing healthcare delivery. For more information, visit


About St. Mary’s Medical Center 

St. Mary’s Medical Center is a faith-based, 146-bed hospital located in Blue Springs, Missouri, providing a wide range of acute care and outpatient services from a 24-hour Emergency Department to state-of-the-art imaging and cardiovascular care. Key services include the St. Mary’s Heart Center, Stroke Center, Breast Center, Wound Center, Joint and Spine Institute and Surgical Institutes and Inpatient Rehabilitation Center. It is a member of Prime Healthcare, an award-winning national hospital system with 44 acute-care hospitals providing nearly 43,500 jobs in 14 states. For more information, call 816-228-5900 or visit

Erika Beeler
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