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FARMINGTON — The Emergency Medical Services department at San Juan Regional Medical Center has earned the American Heart Association’s Mission: Lifeline "EMS Gold Award" for its work treating patients suffering from severe heart attacks.

The Farmington medical center is the only hospital to receive the award in New Mexico, according to a press release from San Juan Regional Medical Center.

The hospital has implemented guidelines and protocols to quickly identify and treat heart attacks, the release states.

"We applaud San Juan Regional Medical Center for achieving this award that shows it meets evidence-based guidelines in the treatment of people who have severe heart attacks," said Dr. James Jollis, chairman of the Mission: Lifeline advisory working group, in a prepared statement.

San Juan Regional Medical Center’s participation in the Mission: Lifeline "demonstrates our commitment to providing quality care to our patients," said Renee Alford, the EMS manager at the hospital, in the release.

The hospital will receive the award at a conference on July 15 in Albuquerque.

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