Westlake, OH, July 02, 2015 --(PR.com
)-- St. John Medical Center has received the Mission: Lifeline® Gold Receiving Quality Achievement Award for implementing specific quality improvement measures outlined by the American Heart Association 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 prevent death, it’s critical to immediately restore blood flow, either by surgically opening the blocked vessel or by giving clot-busting medication.
St. John Medical Center meets the specific criteria for the quick and appropriate treatment of STEMI patients by providing emergency procedures within a given amount of time.
The American Heart Association’s Mission: Lifeline program’s nationally respected clinical guidelines help improve the standard of care for heart attack patients and reduce the risk of treating deadly heart attacks. It is the goal of the program to reduce system barriers to prompt treatment for heart attacks, beginning with the 9-1-1 call and continuing through hospital treatment.
William Young Jr., CEO and president, said “St. John Medical Center is proud to set an example for consistently prompt treatment of heart attacks. Our staff’s dedication to providing the best care to St. John patients is outstanding. They deserve to be recognized for their achievements in cardiac care.”
About Mission: Lifeline
The American Heart Association’s Mission: Lifeline program helps hospitals and emergency medical services develop systems of care that follow proven standards and procedures for STEMI patients. The program works by mobilizing teams across the continuum of care to implement American Heart Association/American College of Cardiology Foundation clinical treatment guidelines. For more information, visit heart.org/missionlifeline and heart.org/quality.