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Chester County Hospital honored with Mission: Lifeline quality achievement award

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West Chester (May, 2014) - Chester County Hospital is proud to have earned the Mission: Lifeline® Silver Receiving Quality Achievement Award. This award acknowledges the implementation of specific quality improvement measures outlined by the American Heart Association for the treatment of patients who suffer severe heart attacks.

Each year in the United States, approximately 250,000 people have a STEMI, or ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction, caused by a complete blockage of blood flow to the heart. To prevent death, it's critical to immediately restore blood flow, either by surgically opening the blocked vessel or by administering a clot-busting medication.

The American Heart Association's Mission: Lifeline program helps hospitals, emergency medical services and communities improve treatment response times for people suffering a STEMI. The goal is to streamline systems of care to get heart attack patients from the first 9-1-1 call to hospital treatment as quickly as possible.

"Chester County 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 internationally respected clinical guidelines," said Timothy Boyek, MD, Medical Director, Interventional Cardiology, Chester County Hospital. "We are pleased to be recognized for our dedication and achievements in cardiac care, and I am very proud of our team."

"We commend Chester County 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. "All too many heart attack patients in the United States still fail to receive appropriate treatment for their life-threatening condition within the recommended timeframes. We must all continue this important work to streamline and coordinate regional systems of care to save lives and prevent complications.

Chester County Hospital earned the award by meeting specific criteria and standards of performance for the quick and appropriate treatment of STEMI patients to open the blocked artery. Before patients are discharged, they 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. Eligible hospitals must adhere to these measures at a set level for a designated period to receive the awards.

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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/missionlifeline and heart.org/quality.

Last Updated: 5/20/2014