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Posted: Friday, September 25, 2015

Blount Memorial Recognized for Heart Attack Care

Blount Memorial Hospital has been recognized by the American Heart Association’s Mission: Lifeline quality improvement program for implementing a high standard of care for patients who suffer severe heart attacks.

Blount Memorial received the Mission: Lifeline® Silver Receiving Quality Achievement Award for meeting specific criteria and standards of performance for the quick and appropriate treatment of STEMI (ST segment elevation myocardial infarction) 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 a designated period to receive the awards. Blount Memorial met Mission: Lifeline’s criteria for 12 consecutive months.

Each year in the United States, approximately 250,000 people experience a STEMI 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. Mission: Lifeline’s goal is to reduce the amount of time between first medical contact with a heart attack patient and the time a device is deployed in the coronary artery, with a target of 90 minutes or less.

"We are very pleased to receive this recognition for our STEMI care,” said Blount Memorial’s STEMI coordinator Mike Headrick. “We attribute our success as a STEMI receiving center to excellent teamwork by our cardiologists, emergency department physicians and staff, local EMS services, and cardiac cath lab staff. Our STEMI team works hard to achieve the best-possible outcomes for our patients, and we continually work to improve our results,” Headrick added.

“We commend Blount Memorial 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 and President of the North Carolina Chapter of the American College of Cardiology. “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.”

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