St. E's Receives Mission: Lifeline Award
6/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
St. Elizabeth Health Center has received the American Heart Association’s Mission: Lifeline® Bronze Receiving Quality Achievement Award. The award recognizes Humility of Mary Health Partners’ commitment and success in implementing a high standard of care for heart attack patients.
Each year in the United States, nearly 300,000 people have a STEMI, or ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction, the most severe form of heart attack. A STEMI occurs when a blood clot completely blocks an artery to the heart. To prevent death, it’s critical to immediately restore blood flow, 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 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. Elizabeth Health Center 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 to be eligible for the achievement awards.
“St. Elizabeth Health Center is dedicated to making our cardiac services among the best in the country, and the American Heart Association’s Mission: Lifeline program is helping us accomplish that by making it easier for our professionals to improve the outcomes of our cardiac patients,” said Mariann Pacak, R.N., M.H.H.S., director of heart and vascular services. “We are pleased to be recognized for our dedication and achievements in cardiac care, and I am very proud of our team, including our colleagues in the emergency department and the EMS squads who work hand-in-hand with the St. Elizabeth cardiac team to ensure that our patients receive the best care possible as quickly as possible.”
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