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

(Bryn Mawr, PA – June 11, 2014)– 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.

About the Lankenau Heart Institute
The Lankenau Heart Institute is Main Line Health System’s premier,
comprehensive cardiovascular medicine and surgery program. The Lankenau
Heart Institute brings together the clinical expertise of all four Main
Line Health acute care hospitals and community cardiology practices to
ensure that patients receive a level of quality, service, and experience
that is unprecedented in the region. Through the coordination of
services, system wide, the Lankenau Heart Institute delivers preventive,
diagnostic, therapeutic, and rehabilitative cardiovascular services at
each of our locations including Lankenau Medical Center and Bryn Mawr,
Paoli and Riddle Hospitals.  

With a collaborative team of expert consultative cardiologists,
interventional cardiologists, electrophysiologists, cardiovascular
surgeon and specially trained nurses and technologists, the Lankenau
Heart Institute is dedicated to managing and treating patients with
heart failure, coronary and peripheral vascular disease, heart rhythm
disorders and valve disease. Our team of cardiologists and cardiac
specialists provide patients and their families with expert cardiac
care, close to home.

About Main Line Health
Founded in 1985, Main Line Health (MLH) is a not-for-profit health
system serving portions of Philadelphia and its western suburbs. At its
core are four of the region’s respected acute care hospitals—Lankenau
Medical Center, Bryn Mawr Hospital, Paoli Hospital and Riddle
Hospital—as well as one of the nation’s premier facilities for
rehabilitative medicine, Bryn Mawr Rehab Hospital; Mirmont Treatment
Center for drug and alcohol recovery; and the Home Care Network, a home
health service. Main Line Health also consists of Main Line HealthCare,
one of the region’s largest multi-specialty physician networks, and the
Lankenau Institute for Medical Research, a non-profit biomedical
research organization located on the campus of Lankenau Medical Center.
Main Line Health also consists of four outpatient health centers located
in Broomall, Collegeville, Exton and Newtown Square. Main Line Health
hospitals, with more than 10,000 employees and 2,000 physicians, are the
recipients of numerous awards for quality care and service, including
recognition among Truven Health Analytics’ list of Top 100 Hospitals and
top 20% of health systems in the nation, and Magnet®, the nation’s
highest honor for nursing excellence. Main Line Health is among the
area’s leaders in medicine, providing advanced patient-centered care,
education and research to help our community stay healthy.