WMHS receives Mission: Lifeline gold awards from The American Heart Assoc.

  WMHS receives Mission: Lifeline gold awards from The American Heart Assoc.

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Western Maryland Health System recently received both the Mission: Lifeline® NSTEMI Gold Quality Achievement Award, as well as the 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 American Heart Association’s Mission: Lifeline program’s goal is to reduce system barriers that prevent 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.

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.

WMHS earned these 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.

“We are very proud to be recognized by the American Heart Association for the excellent care we provide to our heart attack patients here at Western Maryland Health System” said Christopher Haas, D.O., Chairman of Internal Medicine and Medical Director of Cardiology at WMHS.

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Date: July 26, 2019

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