CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. – Chambersburg Hospital’s cardiology services have received the Mission: Lifeline® Gold Plus Performance Achievement Award for 2014. They are the only hospital in Pennsylvania to receive the Gold Plus award, and one of only 51 hospitals across the nation to receive this honor.

This is the fourth consecutive year that the hospital’s cardiology team has received national level recognition from the American Heart Association for care for heart attack patients.

“We commend Chambersburg Hospital for this achievement award, which reflects a significant institutional commitment to improve the quality of care for their heart attack patients,” said A. Gray Ellrodt, MD, Chair of the Mission: Lifeline committee and Chief of Medicine at the Berkshire Medical Center in Pittsfield, Mass.

According to Dr. Arshad Safi, Interventional Cardiologist with Summit Cardiology and Chambersburg Hospital, each year in the United States, approximately 250,000 people have a heart attack caused by a complete blockage of blood flow to the heart that requires timely treatment.

“We need to restore blood flow to the heart muscle fast or it could have tragic consequences,” Dr. Safi said. “The good news is that right here in Chambersburg our heart care team opens blocked arteries in under 60 minutes, which is well below the nationally recommended standard of 90 minutes.”

Dr. Safi said that calling 9-1-1 when you are having a heart attack is very important to receiving care fast – when you need it the most.

“Please call 911 if you think you are having a heart attack,” Dr. Safi urged. “The ambulance personnel can send messages directly to me and my colleague Dr. [Aylmer] Tang through our email and our cell phones - no matter where we are. We can see what is going on, and we can determine what team members are needed and have everyone ready and waiting for you when you arrive at the emergency department. This makes the time until your artery is unblocked much less, and gives you a greater chance at recovery.  Time is important – please call 911.”

Dr. Safi also encouraged for community members to research the heart care services that are available in our community.

“At Chambersburg Hospital and at Summit Cardiology, my colleagues and I bring years of knowledge and expertise to Franklin County, and we are very happy to help you and your family and friends take care of your heart – close to home. There isn’t a need to drive great distances when every second counts. Help you can trust is right here.”

For more information on Chambersburg Hospital’s award winning cardiology services and Summit Cardiology, visit


Chambersburg Hospital and Summit Cardiology have also received the American College of Cardiology’s NCDR Action Registry “Get with the Guidelines” Platinum award for higher standards in heart care. Read more.

About Summit Health
Summit Health is a non-profit network of hospitals and physician practices dedicated to building a healthier community.
As Franklin County's leading healthcare provider, Summit Health offers family care, specialists, lab and imaging services, a fitness center, two walk-in care centers, and two award-winning hospitals.  More information is available at and

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 and

Thursday, August 21, 2014
Pictured: Alexander Kuhn, Vice President of the American Heart Association’s Mission: Lifeline program , Dr. Arshad Safi, Interventional Cardiologist, Dr. David Ebbitt, Emergency Medicine, Tawny Jackson, Director of Quality and Systems Improvement