Friday, August 14, 2015 - HFM Honored with Mission: Lifeline Achievement Award

The American Heart Association presented Holy Family Memorial with the Mission: Lifeline® Gold Receiving Quality Achievement Award on August 11 for excellence in improving quality of care for STEMI (ST Elevation Myocardial Infarction) heart attack patients.

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 prevent death, it’s critical to immediately restore blood flow, either by surgically opening the blocked vessel or by giving clot-busting medication.

The American Heart Association’s Mission: Lifeline program’s goal is to reduce system barriers to prompt treatment for heart attacks, beginning with the 9-1-1 call and continuing through hospital treatment.

“HFM is dedicated to improving the quality of care for our patients who suffer a heart attack, and the American Heart Association’s Mission: Lifeline program is helping us accomplish that goal through nationally respected clinical guidelines,” said Michael Wellner, Director of Cardiovascular Services and Specialty Clinics. “We are pleased to be recognized for our dedication and achievements in cardiac care, and I am very proud of our team for helping to close the gaps that separate patients from timely access to appropriate heart attack care.”

In addition to receiving the Mission: Lifeline Gold Receiving award, HFM has also been recognized as a recipient of Mission: Lifeline’s Gold-Plus award, which recognizes the hospital has reached an achievement score of 75 percent or greater for treating STEMI transfer patients within 120 minutes.

HFM earned the award by meeting specific criteria and standards of performance for the quick and appropriate treatment of STEMI patients by providing emergency procedures to re-establish blood flow to blocked arteries when needed. Eligible hospitals must adhere to these measures at a set level for a designated period to receive the awards.

Photo Caption (pictured left to right):

Michael Wellner, Director of Cardiovascular Services and Specialty Clinics, Lynn Serdynski, American Heart Association, Daniel Downey, RN, Michael Rosenberg, MD, and Tim Nikolai, American Heart Association.

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