Main Line Health Hospitals Honored with Mission: Lifeline® Achievement Awards

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Three Main Line Health (MLH) hospitals have recently received the American Heart Association’s (AHA) Mission: Lifeline® Receiving Quality Achievement Award. Bryn Mawr Hospital received the Silver Plus award, Lankenau Medical Center received the Silver award, and Paoli Hospital was awarded the Bronze. Each award acknowledges the implementation of specific quality improvement measures outlined by the AHA 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 surgically opening the blocked vessel or by giving clot-busting medication.

“Main Line Health is dedicated 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,” says Peter Kowey, MD, System Division Chief, Cardiovascular Diseases, Main Line Health. “We are pleased to be recognized for our dedication and achievements in cardiac care, and I am very proud of our team. With the implementation of the Lankenau Heart Institute, our physicians and clinical staff across the System provide world-class, innovative care to patients with heart disease at every stage.”

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.

“We commend Main Line Health 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.”

MLH Hospitals 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. Before patients are discharged, they are started on aggressive risk reduction therapies such as cholesterol-lowering drugs, aspirin, ACE inhibitors and beta-blockers, and they receive smoking cessation counseling if needed. Eligible hospitals must adhere to these measures at a set level for a designated period to receive the awards.

Mary Kate Coghlan
Communications Specialist

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