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
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
“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;
and EMS squad employees Keith Laws and Mark Giangiulio.
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.
The Main Line Health system 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 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, the Mid-Atlantic Alliance for Performance Excellence (MAAPE) Excellence Award, and recognition as among the nation’s best employers by Forbes magazine. 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.