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