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Riddle Hospital EMS receives AHA’s 2015 Mission: Lifeline EMS Gold Award

Riddle Hospital July 6, 2015 News Releases

Riddle Hospital, part of Main Line Health, EMS has received the American Heart Association’s Mission: Lifeline® EMS Gold Award for implementing quality improvement measures for the treatment of patients who experience severe heart attacks.

Agencies that receive the Mission: Lifeline Gold award have demonstrated at least 75 percent compliance for each required achievement measure for two years and treated at least eight STEMI, or ST Elevation Myocardial Infarction, patients for each year.

“Riddle EMS is dedicated to making our unit among the best in the country, and the American Heart Association’s Mission: Lifeline program is helping us accomplish that by implementing processes for improving STEMI systems of care with the goal of improving the quality of care for all STEMI patients,” said Christopher Knaff, System director, EMS Operations. “We are pleased to see our squad recognized for its dedication and achievements in emergency medical care for STEMI patients.”

Every year, more than 250,000 people experience a STEMI, a type of heart attack caused by a complete blockage of blood flow to the heart that requires timely treatment. The correct tools and training allow EMS providers to rapidly identify the STEMI, promptly notify the medical center, and trigger an early response from the awaiting hospital personnel.

“We would also like to thank all of the EMS partners throughout our region who work diligently to ensure all heart attack patients receive appropriate care,” added Knaff. “These relationships are so important to both patients and the community.”

Riddle EMS is one of 447 EMS agencies in the US and one of only 62 EMS agencies in Pennsylvania that are receiving the 2015 American Heart Association Mission: Lifeline EMS Performance Achievement Award.

Shaun Essex, VP, Riddle Hospital; Laurie St. Clair, director,
Quality Programs, AHA
Shaun Essex, VP, Riddle Hospital; Laurie St. Clair, director, Quality Programs, AHA;
and EMS squad employees Keith Laws and Mark Giangiulio.

About Main Line Health

Founded in 1985,Main Line Health is a not-for-profit health system serving portions of Philadelphia and its western suburbs. Main Line Health’s commitment—to deliver advanced medicine to treat and cure disease while also playing an important role in prevention and disease management as well as training physicians and other health care providers—reflects our intent to keep our community and ourselves well ahead. A team of more than 10,000 employees and 2,000 physicians care for patients throughout the Main Line Health system.

At Main Line Health’s core are four of the region’s most respected acute care hospitals—Lankenau Medical Center, Bryn Mawr Hospital, Paoli Hospital and Riddle Hospital—as well as one of the nation’s recognized facilities for rehabilitative medicine, Bryn Mawr Rehabilitation Hospital.

Main Line Health also includes Mirmont Treatment Center for drug and alcohol recovery; Main Line Health HomeCare & Hospice, which includes skilled home health care, hospice and home infusion services; Main Line Health Centers, primary and specialty care, lab and radiology, and other outpatient services located in Broomall, Collegeville, Concordville, Exton, King of Prussia and Newtown Square; Lankenau Institute for Medical Research, a biomedical research organization; and Main Line HealthCare,one of the region’s largest multispecialty physician networks.

Main Line Health is the recipient of numerous awards for quality care and service, including System Magnet® designation, the nation’s highest distinction for nursing excellence and the Mid-Atlantic Alliance for Performance Excellence (MAAPE) Excellence Award. Main Line Health is committed to creating an environment of diversity, respect and inclusion and has proudly embraced the American Hospital Association’s #123forEquity Pledge to Act to eliminate disparities in care. We are dedicated to advancing patient-centered care, education and research to help our community stay healthy.