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St. Elizabeth's receives AHA's Mission: Lifeline Silver Quality Achievement Award

St. Elizabeth's receives AHA's Mission: Lifeline Silver Quality Achievement Award
Award demonstrates St. Elizabeth's commitment to quality care for heart attack patients

Belleville, IL - St. Elizabeth’s Hospital is excited to announce that they have received the American Heart Association’s (AHA) Mission: Lifeline® Silver Receiving Quality Achievement Award. The award recognizes St. Elizabeth’s outstanding commitment and success in implementing an exceptional standard of quality care for heart attack patients.

Each year in the United States, nearly 300,000 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 a part of a system that ensures STEMI patients get the proper care in a timely manner. Mission: Lifeline focuses on improving the system of care for STEMI patients and at the same time improving care for all heart attack patients.
The criteria to achieve the Mission: Lifeline silver award are listed below and hospitals must meet 85% or greater composite score with no single measure below 75% for specified periods of time. 

SILVER Criteria: I Year (4 Calendar Quarters) of meeting Mission: Lifeline compliance criteria.
1.       Percentage of direct admit STEMI patients with Door-to-device time £ 90 minutes, non-transfer
2.       Percentage of direct admit STEMI patients (arrival via EMS – “Ambulance” Only) with FMC-
          to-device time £ 90 minutes
3.       Percentage of reperfusion – eligible patients receiving any reperfusion therapy (PCI or  
4.       Percentage of STEMI patients receiving aspirin within 24 hours of hospital arrival
5.       Percentage of STEMI patients on aspirin at discharge
6.       Percentage of STEMI patients on beta blocker at discharge
7.       Percentage of STEMI patients with LDL>100 who receive statins or lipid lowering drugs
8.       Percentage of STEMI patients with left ventricular systolic dysfunction on ACEI/ARB at  
9.       Percentage of STEMI patients that smoke with smoking cessation counseling at discharge

As a “STEMI Receiving Hospital,” St. Elizabeth’s meets high standards of performance 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.

  “St. Elizabeth’s Hospital is dedicated to being a leader in cardiac services for the region, and the American Heart Association’s Mission: Lifeline program is helping us accomplish that by making it easier for our professionals to improve the outcomes of our cardiac patients,” said Bonnie Schnieder, MS RT, Heart and Vascular Services Manager. “We are pleased to be recognized for our dedication and achievements in cardiac care, and I am very proud of our team.”

In addition to this award, St. Elizabeth’s was named one of the Nation’s Top 50 Cardiovascular Hospitals by Truven Analytics (formerly Thomson Reuters) in October 2012, and had achieved Missions Lifeline’s Bronze level recognition last year at this time.

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