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Hospital Receives AHA's 'Mission: Lifeline Bronze Quality Achievement Award' for Heart Attack Care

Award shows the West Chester-based Hospital's commitment to quality care for heart attack patients

Released: May 2, 2013

The Chester County Hospital has received the American Heart Association's Mission: Lifeline® Bronze Quality Achievement Award. The award recognizes The Chester County Hospital's commitment and success in implementing a high standard of care for heart attack patients.

Each year in the United States, nearly 300,000 people have a STEMI, or ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction, the most severe form of heart attack. A STEMI occurs when a blood clot completely blocks an artery to the heart. To prevent death, it's critical to immediately restore blood flow, either by mechanically or surgically opening the blocked vessel or by giving clot-busting medication.

Hospitals involved in Mission: Lifeline are part of a system that makes sure STEMI patients get the right care they need, as quickly as possible. Mission: Lifeline focuses on improving the system of care for these patients and at the same time improving care for all heart attack patients.

As a "STEMI Receiving Hospital," The Chester County Hospital meets high standards of performance in quick and appropriate treatment of STEMI patients to open the blocked artery. Before they are discharged, patients are started on aggressive risk reduction therapies, such as cholesterol-lowering drugs, aspirin, ACE inhibitors and beta-blockers and they receive smoking cessation counseling if needed. Hospitals must adhere to these guidelines-based measures at a set level for a designated period of time to be eligible for the achievement awards.

Ralph G Smith, IV, RN, the Hospital's Chest Pain Center Coordinator, says, "The Chester County Hospital is dedicated to making our cardiac care among the best in the country, and the American Heart Association's Mission: Lifeline program is helping us accomplish that by making it easier for our professionals to improve the outcomes of our cardiac patients. We are pleased to be recognized for our dedication and achievements in cardiac care, and I am very proud of our team."

He adds, "This award is truly system-wide recognition, which starts with the patient's first medical contact with EMT and Paramedic (the pre-Hospital providers), through the Emergency Department team to the Cardiac Cath Lab, to monitored units and to discharge planning. Not forgetting to mention all the providers in between - physicians, nurses and other allied health care professionals."

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 clinical treatment guidelines. For more information, visit heart.org/missionlifeline and heart.org/quality.

Last Updated: 8/8/2013