Awards and Achievements

Methodist Hospital Receives AHA Mission: Lifeline Gold Award

Published: June 23, 2016
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Methodist Hospital has received the Mission: Lifeline® Gold Receiving Quality Achievement Award for continued commitment and success in delivering an exceptional standard of care for heart attack patients. The Gold Award recognizes attainment of specific evidence-based quality improvement measures set by the American Heart Association.

Each year in the United States, nearly 250,000 people have a STEMI, or ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction, the most severe form of heart attack. A STEMI occurs when a blood clot completely blocks an artery to the heart. To prevent death, it’s critical to immediately restore blood flow, either by surgically opening the blocked vessel or by giving clot-busting medication.

Hospitals involved in Mission: Lifeline are part of a system that makes sure STEMI patients get the right care they need, as quickly as possible. Mission: Lifeline focuses on improving the system of care for STEMI patients and for all heart attack patients.

As a STEMI Receiving Hospital, Methodist Hospital meets high performance standards in quick and appropriate treatment of STEMI patients to open the blocked artery. Before they are discharged, patients are started on aggressive risk reduction therapies such as cholesterol-lowering drugs, aspirin, ACE inhibitors and beta-blockers, and they receive smoking cessation counseling if needed.

Hospitals must adhere to these guidelines-based measures at a set level for a designated period of time to be eligible for the achievement awards. Mission Lifeline hospital awards are given at the Bronze, Silver and Gold levels.

Congratulations go to all members of the Methodist Hospital team for the hard work and dedication that made this achievement possible.

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