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FARMINGTON — San Juan Regional Medical Center received the American Heart Association's Mission: Lifeline Receiving Center Gold Recognition Award based on its care of patients who have had heart attacks.

The Mission: Lifeline program offers hospitals guidelines to follow to ensure patients who have had STEMI — or ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction — heart attacks, receive prompt care from the time emergency services are requested until they are released from the hospital, according to a press release from the San Juan Regional Medical Center.

The Gold Recognition Award indicates that San Juan Regional Medical Center is recognized by the American Heart Association for its quality of care given to heart attack patients.

In addition, the hospital's Emergency Medical Services Department also received a Mission: Lifeline Gold Award for improving its treatment of patients who are experiencing severe heart attacks, according to the press release.

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