St.Vincent Heart Center has received the Mission: Lifeline Gold Receiving Quality Achievement Award for implementing specific quality improvement measures outlined by the American Heart Association (AHA) for the treatment of patients who suffer severe heart attacks.
Each year in the United States, approximately 250,000 people have a STEMI, or ST-segment Elevation Myocardial Infarction, caused by a complete blockage of blood flow to the heart that requires timely treatment.
To reduce heart muscle damage and decrease the risk of death, it’s critical to restore blood flow immediately, either by surgically opening the blocked vessel or by giving clot-busting medication.
Hospitals involved in Mission: Lifeline are part of a system that makes sure STEMI patients receive 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.
“St.Vincent Heart Center and St.Vincent Medical Group are proud to be recognized by AHA for this achievement,” Dr. Edward Fry, chairman of the St.Vincent Medical Group Cardiology Division, said in a press release. “Developing local, regional and statewide systems of care for heart attack patients in need of timely, effective and life-saving emergent treatment is a long standing focus of St.Vincent.”
As a “STEMI Receiving Hospital,” St.Vincent Heart Center meets high standards of performance in rapid and evidence-based treatment of STEMI patients to open a blocked artery.
Before discharge, patients are started on proven aggressive risk reduction therapies such as cholesterol-lowering medications, anti-platelet agents, ACE inhibitors, and beta-blockers.
In addition, patients start cardiac rehabilitation and receive smoking cessation counseling, if needed. Hospitals must meet a high standard in delivering these guideline-based treatments consistently for a designated period of time in order to be eligible for this prestigious achievement award.