Great River Medical Center has received the Mission: Lifeline Bronze Quality
Achievement Award for implementing specific quality improvement measures
outlined by the American Heart Association for the treatment of patients
who have severe heart attacks.
Every year, more than 250,000 people have 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 is critical
to restore blood flow as quickly as possible, either by mechanically opening
the blocked vessel or by providing clot-busting medicine.
The Mission: Lifeline program’s goal is to reduce system barriers
to prompt treatment for heart attacks, beginning with the 911 call and
continuing through hospital treatment.
“Great River Medical Center is dedicated to improving the quality
of care for our patients who have heart attacks, and the American Heart
Association’s Mission: Lifeline program is helping us accomplish
that goal through nationally respected clinical guidelines,” said
Abdullah Alwahdani, M.D., medical director of cardiology at Great River
Health Systems. “We are pleased to be recognized for our dedication
and achievements in cardiac care, and I am very proud of our team.”
Great River Medical Center earned the award by meeting specific criteria
and performance standards for the quick and appropriate treatment of STEMI
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 at least one consecutive 90-day interval.
“We commend Great River Medical Center 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,
M.D., chair of the Mission: Lifeline Advisory Working Group. “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.”
About Mission: Lifeline
The American Heart Association’s Mission: Lifeline program helps
hospitals and emergency medical services develop systems of care that
follow proven standards and procedures for STEMI patients. The program
works by mobilizing teams across the continuum of care to implement American
Heart Association/American College of Cardiology Foundation clinical treatment
guidelines. For more information, visit heart.org.