Rome Memorial Hospital has received the Mission: Lifeline Gold Referring Quality Achievement Award for implementing specific quality improvement measures outlined by the American Heart Association (AHA) for the treatment of patients who suffer severe heart attacks.
This is the second year in a row that the hospital has been recognized by the AHA for saving lives.
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. 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 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, 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 specific 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.
“Our team is dedicated to providing optimal care for heart attack patients,” said Andrew Bushnell, M.D., chief medical officer/ medical director of emergency services at Rome Memorial Hospital. “We are pleased to be recognized for our dedication and achievements in cardiac care through Mission: Lifeline.”
“Because we know that every moment is vital in the event of a heart attack, we work hard to ensure that everyone is ready to immediately recognize and react when a patient presents to us with signs,” Bushnell continued. “We have also partnered with our EMS providers and other area hospitals to ensure that every step of the transfer process is done as quickly and efficiently as possible.”
“We commend Rome Memorial Hospital for this award in recognition for following evidence-based guidelines for timely heart attack treatment,” said Tim Henry, M.D., 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.”