CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. (Sept. 29, 2015) – Each year in the United States, approximately 250,000 people have a STEMI (ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction) heart attack, 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.
Chambersburg Hospital has received the Mission: Lifeline® Gold Receiving Quality Achievement Award for implementing specific quality improvement measures outlined by the American Heart Association for the treatment of patients who suffer severe heart attacks. The care and standards of the Chambersburg Hospital cardiology program have been honored by Mission: Lifeline® every year since 2011.
“The Chambersburg Hospital cardiology program continues to be an award-winning program,” said Dr. Arshad Safi, interventional cardiologist with Summit Cardiology. “We are proud to not only be receiving this top award, but also to be able to continue to provide life-saving heart care to our community.”
“Chambersburg Hospital is dedicated to improving the quality of care for our patients who suffer a heart attack, and the American Heart Association’s Mission: Lifeline program is helping us accomplish that goal through nationally respected clinical guidelines,” said Summit Health President and CEO Pat O’Donnell. “We are pleased to be recognized for our dedication and achievements in cardiac care.”
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 and continuing through hospital treatment.
The 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/missionlifeline and heart.org/quality.