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Northwestern Memorial Hospital Recognized For Heart Attack Care

Northwestern Medicine
Cardiology September 07, 2017

Northwestern Memorial Hospital has again received the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s (AHA/ASA) 2017 Mission: Lifeline® Gold STEMI Level Recognition Award. The Mission: Lifeline program’s goal is to reduce barriers to prompt treatment for heart attacks.

Every year, more than 250,000 people experience an ST elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI), the deadliest type of heart attack, which is caused by a blockage of blood flow to the heart that requires timely treatment. The Gold STEMI Level Recognition Award is the AHA’s highest honor for STEMI care.

“On a daily basis, our physicians, nurses and staff demonstrate an unrelenting dedication to improving the quality of care for patients who suffer a heart attack,” says Mark Ricciardi, MD, director of interventional cardiology at the Bluhm Cardiovascular Institute at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. “Receiving this recognition again in 2017 reflects our hospital's unbending commitment to maintaining superior patient safety and quality in cardiac care.”

Northwestern Memorial Hospital earned the award by meeting specific criteria and standards of performance for the quick and appropriate treatment of STEMI patients, including following emergency procedures to re-establish blood flow to blocked arteries when needed. Eligible hospitals must adhere to these measures at a set level for a designated period to receive the award.

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