HSHS St. Elizabeth’s Hospital honored with American Heart Association award

 

BELLEVILLE – HSHS St. Elizabeth’s Hospital has received the Mission: Lifeline Silver 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.

Every year, more than 250,000 people experience an ST elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI), the most deadly 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 and continuing through hospital treatment.

“HSHS St. Elizabeth’s 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 President and Chief Executive Officer Peg Sebastian. “We are pleased to be recognized for our dedication and achievements in cardiac care, and I am very proud of our team. Additionally, I commend the great collaboration of the physicians at Prairie Cardiovascular Consultants who work in partnership and share our common goal to provide our patients with the highest level of care.”

In addition to receiving the Mission: Lifeline Silver Receiving award, St. Elizabeth’s Hospital has also been recognized as a recipient of Mission: Lifeline’s Silver-Plus award, which recognizes the hospital has reached an achievement score of 75 percent or greater for treating STEMI transfer patients from other facilities within 120 minutes.

St. Elizabeth’s earned the award by meeting specific criteria and standards of performance for the quick and appropriate treatment of STEMI patients by providing emergency procedures to re-establish blood flow to blocked arteries when needed. Eligible hospitals must adhere to these measures at a set level for 12 consecutive months to receive this award.

— From the Illinois Business Journal

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