Emory Hospitals Recognized by American Heart Association for Excellence in Heart Attack Care

mission lifelineThe American Heart Association has recognized four Emory Healthcare hospitals and one Emory Healthcare-affiliated hospital through its Mission: Lifeline program for excellence in heart attack care.

American Heart Association’s Mission: Lifeline award recognizes a hospital’s commitment and success in implementing a higher standard of STEMI (ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction) care by ensuring that STEMI patients receive treatment according to nationally accepted standards and recommendations. The goal of the program is to reduce system barriers to prompt treatment for heart attacks. This includes the initial 9-1-1 call and continues with hospital treatment.

Emory University Hospital Midtown, Emory University Hospital and Emory Johns Creek Hospital all received the 2015 American Heart Association Mission: Lifeline Gold Receiving Center award. Emory Saint Joseph’s Hospital and Southern Regional Medical Center have achieved the 2015 Mission: Lifeline Bronze Receiving Center award. Emory University Hospital and Emory University Hospital Midtown were the first in Georgia to be accredited as Mission: Lifeline Receiving Centers.

The Gold Receiving Center award recognizes hospitals for achieving 85 percent or greater overall composite score for all Mission: Lifeline STEMI quality achievement indicators, with no single measure below 75 percent, for consecutive 24-month intervals. The Bronze recognition designates hospitals that have achieved 85 percent or greater overall composite score for all Mission: Lifeline STEMI quality achievement indicators, with no single measure below 75 percent, for consecutive 90-day intervals.

Each year, more than half a million Americans experience ST-elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI), out-of-hospital cardiac arrest or both. The majority of these patients fail to receive appropriate treatment for their life-threatening conditions within recommended timeframes. To prevent death, it is critical to immediately restore blood flow, either by opening the blocked vessel with balloon angioplasty and/or stenting, or by giving clot-busting medication.

“The recognition that these five hospitals have earned reflects the outstanding STEMI care that is delivered in every setting, including pre-hospital, emergency department, cath lab and inpatient areas,” says Michael Ross, MD, professor of emergency medicine, founder and immediate past co-chair of the Atlanta Mission: Lifeline program. “Our health system has clearly emerged as a leader in STEMI care in the greater metro Atlanta area, and a number of our physicians, nurses and allied health staff have leadership positions within Atlanta’s STEMI system of care. Emory Healthcare hospitals, physicians and staff continuously strive to provide the best possible care to all patients.

For more information on Mission: Lifeline, visit heart.org/missionlifeline and heart.org/quality.

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