Main Line Health Hospitals Honored with Mission: Lifeline® Achievement Awards

Three Main Line Health (MLH) hospitals have recently received the
American Heart Association’s (AHA) Mission: Lifeline® Receiving Quality
Achievement Award. Bryn Mawr Hospital received
the Silver Plus award, Lankenau Medical Center
received the Silver award, and Paoli Hospital was
awarded the Bronze. Each award acknowledges the implementation of
specific quality improvement measures outlined by the AHA 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.

“Main Line Health is dedicated to improving the quality of care for our
patients who suffer a heart attack, and the American Heart Association’s
Mission: Lifeline program is helping us accomplish that goal through
internationally respected clinical guidelines,” says Peter
Kowey, MD
, System Division Chief, Cardiovascular Diseases, Main Line
Health. “We are pleased to be recognized for our dedication and
achievements in cardiac care, and I am very proud of our team. With the
implementation of the Lankenau Heart Institute, our
physicians and clinical staff across the System provide world-class,
innovative care to patients with heart disease at every stage.”

The American Heart Association’s Mission: Lifeline program helps
hospitals, emergency medical services and communities improve response
times so people who suffer from a STEMI receive prompt, appropriate
treatment. The program’s goal is to streamline systems of care to
quickly get heart attack patients from the first 9-1-1 call to hospital
treatment.

“We commend Main Line Health for this achievement award, which reflects
a significant institutional commitment to improve the quality of care
for their heart attack patients,” said A. Gray Ellrodt, MD, Chair of the
Mission: Lifeline committee and Chief of Medicine at the Berkshire
Medical Center in Pittsfield, Mass. “All too many heart attack patients
in the United States still fail to receive appropriate treatment for
their life-threatening condition within the recommended timeframes. We
must all continue this important work to streamline and coordinate
regional systems of care to save lives and prevent complications.”

MLH Hospitals earned the award by meeting specific criteria and
standards of performance for the quick and appropriate treatment of
STEMI patients to open the blocked artery. Before patients are
discharged, they 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.
Eligible hospitals must adhere to these measures at a set level for a
designated period to receive the awards.