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Acute Myocardial Infarction

UPMC in central Pa. is committed to providing the best life saving and evidence-based care to patients who come to the hospital with Acute Myocardial Infarction (AMI or heart attack).

Our program includes a cardiac quality Department which includes voluntary participation in multiple registries to benchmark and publicly report our performance, so that our patients can be assured they are receiving the highest quality of care. Physicians, nurses and other professionals participate in meetings, like our chest pain committee, to continuously review our patients outcomes.

Our goal is to perform percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) within 90 minutes for patients with an ST-elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI), a specific type of heart attack.
For patients with Non-ST-elevation myocardial infarction (NSTEMI), the goal is to ensure that appropriate medications and care are provided in a timely manner.


UPMC Harrisburg, West Shore, and Carlisle have rewards from both the American College of Cardiology(ACC) NDCR Registry and the American Heart Association Get with The Guidelines Registry (AHA GWTG). The Chest Pain-MI Registry reports performance on composite metrics comprised of 11 measures for STEMI patients and 8 measures for NSTEMI patients. UPMC in central Pa. outperformed the registry's in the top decile for STEMI and NSTEMI. 

Get more information by visiting the American College of Cardiology website at and Find your Heart a Home. 

Recognition and Accreditations

  • UPMC Harrisburg and West Shore achieved the highest Platinum Performance Achievement Award for 2019 from the ACC NDCR Registry. 
  • UPMC Harrisburg and West Shore achieved highest Gold Plus Award as a STEMI receiving center. 
  • UPMC Carlisle received Silver as a STEMI referring center.
  • UPMC Harrisburg and West Shore achieve Silver Award for NSTEMI. 
  • UPMC is recognized by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) for significantly lower readmission rate after heart attack compared to other hospitals nationally.
  • Code STEMI resulted in achievement of top decile performance for patients undergoing percutaneous coronary intervention after heart attack.

Contact Us

If you have questions about UPMC's quality information or data in central Pa., please contact our Performance Improvement Department at 717-231-8469.

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