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Methodist Jennie Edmundson Hospital Recognized for Heart Attack Care

Published: Aug. 5, 2019

Methodist Jennie Edmundson Hospital has received the Mission: Lifeline® NSTEMI Gold Quality Achievement Award and Mission: Lifeline® STEMI Gold Receiving Quality Achievement Award for implementing specific quality improvement measures outlined by the American Heart Association for the treatment of patients who suffer 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.

“Methodist Jennie Edmundson Hospital is dedicated to providing optimal care for heart attack patients,” said Julie Buckelew, RN, a nurse in neurodiagnostics at Methodist Jennie Edmundson Hospital. “We are pleased to be recognized for our dedication and achievements in cardiac care through Mission: Lifeline.”

Methodist Jennie Edmundson Hospital earned the awards by meeting specific criteria and standards of performance for the quick and appropriate treatment of NSTEMI heart attack patients by providing emergency procedures to re-establish blood flow to blocked arteries when needed for those patients coming into the hospital directly or by transfer.

 “We commend Methodist Jennie Edmundson Hospital for these awards in recognition for following evidence-based guidelines for timely heart attack treatment,” said Tim Henry, M.D., 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.”