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Top 5% in the Nation for Cardiac Services


We are honored to be named one of America's 100 Best Hospitals for Cardiac Care by Healthgrades, and to have earned the Cardiac Care Excellence Award. According to HealthGrades, St. Francis is ranked among the top 5% in the nation for Cardiology Services, and among the top 10% for Overall Cardiac Services. In addition, Healthgrades named St. Francis as a Five-Star award recipient for Treatment of Heart Failure.

  • Cardiac Care Excellence Award™ in 2014
  • Ranked Among the Top 5% in the Nation for Cardiology Services in 2014
  • Ranked Among the Top 10% in the Nation for Overall Cardiac Services in 2014
  • Five-Star Recipient for Treatment of Heart Failure in 2014
  • America’s 100 Best Hospitals for Cardiac Care™ in 2014

First Cath Lab in the U.S. Accredited for Cardiovascular Excellence

St. Francis earned the very first national accreditation by the Accreditation for Cardiovascular Excellence (ACE) for its cardiac catheterization laboratory and angioplasty/stenting program. 

“ACE’s goals are to help facilities achieve better patient care in their community and to increase the consistency of superior patient care in cardiovascular procedures throughout the U.S.,” said Bonnie Weiner, M.D., chair of ACE’s Board of Directors. “Bon Secours St. Francis Health System has achieved ACE’s highest standards for quality and is a model for other cardiovascular programs.”

“For St. Francis to earn the very first national accreditation recognizing excellence of cardiac catheterization programs is a distinct honor,” offers Mark Nantz, chief executive officer, Bon Secours St. Francis Health System. “Every day, with every patient, we see how our physicians and cardiac cath lab team hold themselves to delivering the highest standards of care. Achieving this level of recognition is a tribute to all those involved with our cardiovascular services.”    

Designed to promote and uphold high-quality patient care and improve patient safety in facilities, ACE offers independent evaluation of facilities’ processes and objective peer review of outcomes based on established benchmarks derived from scientific evidence in peer-reviewed medical literature and national practice guidelines. Recent studies have shown accreditation improves patient outcomes and promotes progress toward enhanced patient safety standards. Applicants complete a comprehensive application followed by a site visit from ACE’s team of expert reviewers who assess the facility itself, its personnel, quality assurance and safety protocols, patient indications and outcomes.

We Treat Heart Attacks 3X Faster Than the National Standard

ST. FRANCIS downtown currently treats heart attacks within an average of 32 minutes from the time the patient arrives at the hospital. The national standard is 90 minutes.

Highest National Rating in Heart Surgery

The Society for Thoracic Surgeons has rated Bon Secours St. Francis Health System the highest in the United States for heart surgery quality.

Additional Honors

St. Francis received the American Heart Association’s Mission: Lifeline® Gold Receiving Quality Achievement Award. The award recognizes our commitment and success in implementing the highest standard of care for heart attack patients. Hospitals involved in Mission: Lifeline are part of a system that makes sure STEMI patients get the right care they need, as quickly as possible. Mission: Lifeline focuses on improving the system of care for these patients and at the same time improving care for all heart attack patients.

As a “STEMI Receiving Hospital,” St. Francis meets high standards of performance in quick and appropriate treatment of STEMI patients to open the blocked artery. Before they are discharged, patients are started on aggressive risk reduction therapies such as cholesterol-lowering drugs, aspirin, ACE inhibitors and beta-blockers and they receive smoking cessation counseling if needed. Hospitals must adhere to these guidelines-based measures at a set level for a designated period of time to be eligible for the achievement awards.

  • Blue Distinction Center for Cardiac Care +, Blue Cross Blue Shield, 2013   
  • Accreditation in Adult Transthoracic Echocardiography, 2013, Intersocietal Accreditation Commission
  • Institute for Quality Cardiac Care, Aetna
  • St. Francis Heart Care

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    Greenville, SC 29601



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