Wyoming Medical Center earns Mission: Lifeline Gold Plus achievement award
By Kristy Bleizeffer Jun 18, 2015
Wyoming Medical Center has received the Mission: Lifeline® Gold Plus Receiving Quality Achievement Award for implementing specific quality improvement measures outlined by the American Heart Association for the treatment of patients who suffer severe heart attacks.
Each year in the United States, approximately 250,000 people have a STEMI, or ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction, caused by a complete blockage of blood flow to the heart that requires timely treatment. To prevent death, it’s critical to immediately restore blood flow, either by surgically opening the blocked vessel or by giving clot-busting medication. The American Heart Association’s Mission: Lifeline program’s goal is to reduce system barriers to prompt treatment for heart attacks, beginning with the 9-1-1 call and continuing through hospital treatment.
We earned the Gold Plus recognition for meeting or exceeding Mission: Lifeline measurement criteria for two full years (or eight consecutive quarters.)
“For patients who have severe heart attacks, getting the fastest treatment is essential: time saves heart muscle, heart function and reduces death,” said cardiologist Adrian Fluture, M.D., F.A.C.C., F.S.C.A.I., Director of Regional Myocardial Infarction Care at Wyoming Medical Center.
“We have made significant improvements in our overall completeness of care for myocardial infarction over the last few years. Our time to detect and then to treat heart attacks has been consistently among the very best in the nation. Major changes have been made in emergency medical services approach. All these have led to significant improvements in our heart attack survival rate.”
Last month, Wyoming Medical Center’s EMS earned Mission: Lifeline’s Silver Level award for treatment of heart attack patients in the field. EMS will be eligible for the Gold award next year.
The American College of Cardiology recommends less than 90 minutes in door-to-balloon time – the time from when a patient arrives at the Emergency Room to the time a balloon is inflated in the blocked vessel. WMC averaged 77 minutes two years ago. After streamlining processes both in the hospital and before patients arrive via ambulance, we’ve cut our door-to-balloon time to an average of 45 minutes, within the top 10 percent of hospitals in the country. In fact, when a patient calls 911 instead of driving themselves to the hospital, we can cut another 10 minutes off door-to-balloon time.
“We commend Wyoming Medcial Center 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 and President of the North Carolina Chapter of the American College of Cardiology. “Achieving this award means the hospital has met specific reporting and achievement measures for the treatment of their patients who suffer heart attacks and we applaud them for their commitment to quality and timely care.”
“We are proud that our efforts have been recognized by the American Heart Association who awarded us with the gold plus medal. We would like to thank all personnel who make such excellent care possible,” Dr. Fluture said.
The American Heart Association’s Mission: Lifeline® program helps hospitals and emergency medical services develop systems of care that follow proven standards and procedures for STEMI patients. The program works by mobilizing teams across the continuum of care to implement American Heart Association/American College of Cardiology clinical treatment guidelines. For more information, visit heart.org/missionlifeline and heart.org/quality.