All four of Main Line Health’s acute care hospitals are the recipients of the American Heart Association’s (AHA) Mission: Lifeline Quality Achievement Award. Lankenau Medical Center and Paoli Hospital received the Mission: Lifeline Receiving Center Recognition Gold Award and Bryn Mawr Hospital and Riddle Hospital Mission: Lifeline Receiving Center Recognition Silver Award.
“Main Line Health and Lankenau Heart Institute are dedicated to improving the quality of care for our patients who suffer a heart attack. The AHA’s Mission: Lifeline program is helping us accomplish that goal through nationally respected clinical guidelines and benchmarks,” said John Mitchell, system director, Main Line Health Cardiovascular Services and Lankenau Heart Institute.
William Gray, MD, system chief, cardiovascular diseases, and president, Lankenau Heart Institute, added: “It is such an honor for all of our hospitals to receive this award in recognition of our dedication and achievements in cardiac care. I am incredibly proud of our teams and the work of our EMS providers who are on the front lines, ensuring patients are receiving timely initial diagnoses and treatments before they reach the hospital.”
The awards are presented to hospitals for implementing specific quality improvement measures outlined by the American Heart Association (AHA) 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 deadliest 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, to EMS transport and continuing through hospital treatment and discharge. The initiative provides tools, training and other resources to support heart attack care following protocols from the most recent evidence-based treatment guidelines.
Main Line Health hospitals earned the award by meeting specific criteria and standards of performance for quick and appropriate treatment through emergency procedures to re-establish blood flow to blocked arteries in heart attack patients coming into the hospital directly or by transfer from another facility.
“We commend Main Line Health for this award in recognition for following evidence-based guidelines for timely heart attack treatment,” said Tim Henry, MD, chair of the Mission: Lifeline Acute Coronary Syndrome Subcommittee. “We applaud the significant institutional commitment to their critical role in the system of care for quickly and appropriately treating heart attack patients.”