OSF St. Francis Heart Hospital Has 'Heart of Gold'

By Anna Yee

November 8, 2011 Updated Nov 8, 2011 at 7:35 PM CDT

PEORIA, Ill. -- The OSF Saint Francis Heart Hospital is earning national recognition for its heart attack care.

The American College of Cardiology' Foundation awarded St. Francis with the "Get With The Guidelines" Gold Performance Achievement Award.

Dr. Darrel Gumm says one of the reasons the Heart Hospital won the award was for cutting the time it takes to treat heart attack patients.

The national guideline for completing a common procedure to unclog arteries is 90 minutes.

OSF St. Francis and HeartCare Midwest physicians can do it in about 50 minutes.

"This award is really the culmination of years of teamwork, of having a coordinated team," said Cardiologist Dr. Darrel Gum of OSF St. Francis Heart Hospital and HeartCare Midwest. "We have a committee that meets monthly that reviews cases that talks about how can we improve, what are things we can add, how are we going to get the best possible results."

OSF is one of less than 170 U.S. hospitals to earn the award.

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