Northwestern Memorial Hospital Honored with Mission: Lifeline Gold Quality Achievement Award from American Heart Association

Northwestern Medicine
News June 15, 2016
Lifeline® Gold Quality Achievement Award from the American Heart AssociationNorthwestern Memorial Hospital’s Bluhm Cardiovascular Institute has received the Mission: Lifeline® Gold Quality Achievement Award from the American Heart Association (AHA)/American Stroke Association (ASA). The award recognizes Northwestern Memorial Hospital’s commitment to and success in implementing specific quality improvement measures for the treatment of patients who experience 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, which 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. Northwestern Memorial Hospital is recognized for having at least an 85% composite adherence for 24 consecutive months and 75% or higher compliance on all Mission: Lifeline® STEMI Receiving Center quality measures to improve the quality of care for STEMI patients.
 
“Northwestern Medicine is dedicated to improving the quality of care for our patients who experience a heart attack, and the AHA’s Mission: Lifeline program is helping us accomplish that goal through nationally respected clinical guidelines,” said Mark Ricciardi, MD, director of cardiac catheterization and interventional cardiology at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. “The AHA standards of treatment for inpatient stays and aftercare plans matched the high levels of patient care for which Northwestern Medicine is already known, so aspiring to this award was a natural goal for us. We are pleased to be recognized for our dedication and achievements in cardiac care, and I am very proud of our team.”
 
“We commend Northwestern Memorial Hospital for this achievement award, which reflects a significant institutional commitment to the highest quality of care for their heart attack patients,” said James G. Jollis, MD, Chair of the Mission: Lifeline Advisory Working Group. “Achieving this award means the hospital has met specific reporting and achievement measures for the treatment of their patients who experience heart attacks, and we applaud them for their commitment to quality and timely care.”

Learn more about heart health, and gain a deeper understanding of cardiac event risk factors. To find a physician, please call 312.NM.HEART.
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