Did you know...

Mississippi leads the nation in mortality and morbidity from cardiovascular disease (CVD):

  • CVD is the number one killer of Mississippians
  • CVD is the number one reason for hospital admissions
  • STEMI is a time-dependent condition requiring rapid recognition, diagnosis, and treatment
In 2010 the Mississippi Healthcare Alliance started a STEMI state-side system of care, making us one of the first state in the country to achieve this quality-of-care initiative. 
The goal of the ST Elevation Myocardial Infarction (STEMI) System of Care (SOC) is to reduce mortality and morbidity resulting from cardiac disease and injury in Mississippi. To achieve this goal, we work closely with our partners, including the Mississippi State Department of Health, the American Heart Association, and the American College of Cardiology’s National Cardiovascular Registry: Chest Pain-MI TM Registry. Together, we have established an extensive multidisciplinary network that includes 20 STEMI receiving facilities, regional STEMI coordinators, EMS agencies, cardiology and emergency medicine physicians. We also work with the quality registries to monitor and identify areas that improve patient outcomes. This ongoing effort requires collaboration and coordination among all stakeholders. As a result of our joint efforts, we have reduced Mississippi’s mortality from 6.8% in 2010 to 5.74% in 2022, demonstrating our commitment to improving the outcomes and quality of life for MS CV patients.