For the second consecutive year, Bon Secours Maryview Medical Center has earned the Mission: Lifeline Bronze Quality Achievement Award from the American Heart Association. The award recognizes Bon Secours Maryview’s commitment and success in implementing a higher standard of care for heart attack patients that effectively improves the survival and care of STEMI (ST Elevation Myocardial Infarction) patients.
“Bon Secours Maryview Medical Center is dedicated to providing exceptional care to our patients and for developing our cardiac program to the best in the country.” said Joseph M. Oddis, CEO, Bon Secours Maryview Medical Center. “The Mission: Lifeline program is helping us accomplish that by making it easier for our professionals to improve the outcomes of our cardiac patients.”
“Each day, physicians and staff at Bon Secours Maryview deliver very high quality care for heart-attack patients. That effectively improves their survival rate,” says Calin V. Maniu, M.D., cardiologist with Cardiovascular Specialists and medical director for the chest pain center at Bon Secours Maryview Medical Center. “We are proud to be recognized again as top cardiac program.”
The Mission: Lifeline Recognition
The Mission: Lifeline recognition is a reflection of how quickly emergency-room personnel treat heart-attack patients. Specifically, hospitals that receive the recognition have demonstrated for 90 consecutive days that at least 85 percent of eligible STEMI patients were treated within specific time frames upon entering the hospital.
Hospitals involved in Mission: Lifeline strives to improve care in both acute treatment measures and discharge measures. Systems of care are developed that close the gap of timely access to appropriate, life-saving treatments. Before they are discharged, appropriate patients are started on aggressive risk reduction therapies such as cholesterol-lowering drugs, aspirin, ACE inhibitors and beta-blockers in the hospital and receive smoking cessation counseling.
Each year, almost 250,000 people experience the STEMI type of heart attack. Unfortunately, a significant number do not receive prompt reperfusion therapy or stenting, which is critical in restoring blood flow. Mission: Lifeline seeks to save lives by closing the gaps that separate STEMI patients from timely access to appropriate treatments. Mission: Lifeline is focusing on improving the system of care for these patients and at the same time improving care for all heart attack patients.