Faith Regional Health Services has received the Mission: Lifeline® Bronze 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.
Every year, more than 250,000 people experience an ST elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) the most deadly 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 and continuing through hospital treatment.
“Faith Regional is dedicated to improving the quality of care to patients in northeast Nebraska who suffer a heart attack by partnering with the American Mission:Lifeline program, area hospitals and emergency services personnel,” said Jenny Simmons, RN, cardiac care coordinator at Faith Regional Health Services. “We are pleased to be recognized for our dedication and achievements in cardiac care and proud of the efforts put forth by the entire team in achieving this accomplishment. We will continue to work as a team throughout northeast Nebraska to continue to improve the system of care for those patients suffering from a heart attack.”
“We commend Faith Regional for this achievement award, which reflects a significant institutional commitment to the highest quality of care for their heart attack patients,” said James G. Jollis, MD, Chair of the Mission: Lifeline Advisory Working Group. “Achieving this award means the hospital has met specific reporting and achievement measures for the treatment of their patients who suffer heart attacks and we applaud them for their commitment to quality and timely care.”
Faith Regional earned the award by meeting specific criteria and standards of performance for the quick and appropriate treatment of STEMI patients by providing emergency procedures to re-establish blood flow to blocked arteries when needed. Eligible hospitals must adhere to these measures at a set level for at least one consecutive 90 day interval.