Rome Memorial Hospital honored by American Heart Association

Published Aug 6, 2018 at 4:00pm

Rome Memorial Hospital has received the Mission: Lifeline Silver Referring Quality Achievement Award for implementing quality improvement measures outlined by the American Heart Association for the treatment of patients who suffer severe heart attacks.

Every year, more than 250,000 people experience an ST elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI), the deadliest type of heart attack, caused by a blockage of blood flow to the heart that requires timely treatment, the hospital noted. “To prevent death, it’s critical to restore blood flow as quickly as possible, either by mechanically opening the blocked vessel or by providing clot-busting medication.”

The Mission: Lifeline program’s goal is to reduce system barriers to prompt treatment for heart attacks, beginning with the 9-1-1 call, to EMS transport and continuing through hospital treatment and discharge. The initiative provides tools, training and other resources to support heart attack care following protocols from the most recent evidence-based treatment guidelines.

Rome Memorial Hospital earned the award by meeting criteria and standards of performance for promptly diagnosing STEMI patients and transferring them to hospitals that provide emergency procedures to re-establish blood flow to blocked arteries when needed.

“Rome Memorial Hospital is dedicated to providing optimal care for heart attack patients,” said Dr. Andrew Bushnell, chief medical officer and emergency department director for the hospital. “Our emergency room staff has implemented a protocol that ensures swift diagnostic testing and coordination with EMS and collaborating heart centers so cardiac patients receive the life-saving interventions that they need. We are pleased to be recognized for our dedication and achievements in cardiac care through Mission: Lifeline.”

“We commend Rome Memorial Hospital for this award in recognition for following evidence-based guidelines for timely heart attack treatment,” said Dr. Tim Henry, chair of the Mission: Lifeline Acute Coronary Syndrome Subcommittee. “We applaud the significant institutional commitment to their critical role in the system of care for quickly and appropriately treating heart attack patients.”