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Tri-City Medical Center Honored with Mission: Lifeline Quality Achievement Award

Tri-City Medical Center has received the Mission: Lifeline® Silver 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 a Cardiac Cath Lab procedure or administering clot-busting medication.

 

The American Heart Association’s Mission: Lifeline program helps hospitals, emergency medical services and communities improve response times so people who suffer from a STEMI receive prompt, appropriate treatment. The program’s goal is to streamline systems of care to quickly get heart attack patients from the first 9-1-1 call to hospital treatment.

 

“Tri-City Medical Center has demonstrated a true commitment to improving the quality of care for our patients who suffer a heart attack, and the American Heart Association’s Mission: Lifeline program is helping us accomplish that goal through internationally respected clinical guidelines,” said Casey Fatch, interim CEO of Tri-City Medical Center.  “We are pleased to be recognized for our dedication and achievements in cardiac care, and I am very proud of our team.”

 

“We commend Tri-City Medical Center for this achievement award, which reflects a significant institutional commitment to improve the quality of care for their heart attack patients,” said A. Gray Ellrodt, MD, Chair of the Mission: Lifeline committee and Chief of Medicine at the Berkshire Medical Center in Pittsfield, Mass. “All too many heart attack patients in the United States still fail to receive appropriate treatment for their life-threatening condition within the recommended timeframes. We must all continue this important work to streamline and coordinate regional systems of care to save lives and prevent complications.”

 

Tri-City Medical Center earned the award by meeting specific criteria and standards of performance for the quick and appropriate treatment of STEMI patients to open the blocked artery.  Tri City Medical Center works in close partnership with the Fire Departments/Emergency Medical Services transporting heart attack patients to the hospital to ensure adherence to the quality measures.  Additionally, Oceanside Fire Department has also achieved the 2014 Mission: Lifeline® EMS Silver Level Recognition Award.  Eligible hospitals and EMS must adhere to measures at a set level for a designated period to receive the awards.

 

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