RMH recognized for life-saving heart care

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Rome Memorial Hospital has received the Mission: Lifeline Gold Plus Referring 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.

This is the third year in a row that the hospital has been recognized by the AHA.

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 quick and appropriate treatment through emergency procedures to re-establish blood flow to blocked arteries in heart attack patients coming into the hospital directly or by transfer from another facility.

“Rome Memorial Hospital is dedicated to providing optimal care for heart attack patients,” said Cardiologist and Chief Medical Officer Russell Silverman, M.D. “We are pleased to be recognized for our dedication and achievements in cardiac care through Mission: Lifeline.”

“Every moment is vital in the event of a heart attack. Our team in the Emergency Department is trained to recognize the signs of a heart attack and implement the standards quickly,” said Andrew Bushnell, M.D., medical director of emergency services. “Our collaboration with EMS providers and other area hospitals ensures that every step of the transfer process is done as efficiently as possible to save lives.”

“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.”

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