Mercy Hospital Receives AHA Quality Awards for Heart Attack Care
Mercy Hospital of Buffalo has received the Mission: Lifeline® NSTEMI Gold Quality Achievement Award and the Silver Plus STEMI Receiving Center Quality Achievement Award for achieving specific quality measures outlined by the American Heart Association (AHA) for the treatment of patients who suffer heart attacks. A ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) is a more serious heart attack in which a coronary artery is completely blocked, while a non-ST segment elevation myocardial infarction (NSTEMI) is a less serious heart attack.
Every year, more than 800,000 Americans experience a heart attack—that means someone has a heart attack approximately every 40 seconds in the United States according to the AHA. The Mission: Lifeline program’s goal is to reduce system barriers to prompt treatment for heart attacks, beginning with the 9-1-1 call, to EMS transport and continuing through hospital treatment and discharge. The initiative provides tools, training and other resources to support heart attack care following the most recent evidence-based treatment guidelines.
Lifesaving Treatment for Heart Attack Patients
Mercy Hospital earned the awards by meeting specific criteria and standards of performance for the quick and appropriate treatment of heart attack patients by providing emergency care to re-establish blood flow to blocked arteries when needed.
“Mercy Hospital is dedicated to providing optimal care for heart attack patients,” said Eddie Bratko, Mercy Hospital President. “We are pleased to be recognized for our dedication and achievements in cardiac care through Mission: Lifeline.”
“We applaud our Heart Center team for this award and demonstrating their commitment to quickly and appropriately treating heart attack patients,” said Dr. Mohan Madhusudanan, Medical Director of Cardiology. “This national quality recognition reflects the outstanding dedication and effort that each member of our team provides on a daily basis.”