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Methodist Hospital Receives American Heart Association Award

2013 Mission: Lifeline® Silver Receiving Quality Achievement Award

Methodist Hospital has received the American Heart Association’s Mission: Lifeline® Silver Receiving Quality Achievement Award.

The award recognizes Methodist Hospital’s commitment and success in implementing an exceptional 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, Methodist Hospital 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 of time to be eligible for the achievement awards.

Hospitals that receive the Mission: Lifeline® Silver Receiving Quality Achievement Award are recognized for achieving 85% or higher composite adherence to all Mission: Lifeline STEMI Receiving Center Quality achievement indicators for consecutive 12-month intervals and 75% or higher compliance on all Mission: Lifeline STEMI Receiving Center quality measures to improve the quality of care for STEMI patients.

For more information, visit the Mission: Lifeline website

Learn more about Methodist Cardiac and Vascular Services.