Bayhealth Honored with Mission: Lifeline® Achievement Award

Wednesday, October 24, 2018 | Heart & Vascular

Bayhealth Hospital, Kent Campus is proud to announce it has received a Mission: Lifeline® Silver Receiving Quality Achievement award for implementing specific quality improvement measures outlined by the American Heart Association for the treatment of patients suffering heart attacks.

The hospital received an award for their work with the population of patients suffering a ST elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI), the deadliest type of heart attack. This is caused by a complete blockage in a coronary artery and affects more than 250,000 people in the U.S. every year. In order to prevent death in these cases, it is imperative to restore blood flow as quickly as possible, either by mechanically opening the blocked vessel or by providing clot-busting medication.

“We commend Bayhealth Hospital, Kent Campus for this award in recognition for following evidence-based guidelines for timely heart attack treatment,” said Tim Henry, MD, Chair of the Mission: Lifeline Acute Coronary Syndrome Subcommittee. “We applaud the significant institutional commitment to their critical role in the system of care for quickly and appropriately treating heart attack patients.”

The goal of the Mission: Lifeline program is to reduce system barriers to prompt treatment for heart attacks, starting with the 911 call, to EMS transport and continuing through hospital treatment and discharge. The initiative provides tools, training and other resources to support heart attack care by following protocols from the most recent evidence-based treatment guidelines.

"Bayhealth is driven to provide our patients with the most safe and effective therapies as rapidly as possible when heart attack occurs. We know that the application of the proven methods of the Mission: Lifeline® toolset is making a critical difference with our patient care, and it is an honor to be recognized for this achievement,” said Cardiovascular and Electrophysiology Lab Medical Director John Shuck, MD, of Bayhealth Cardiology Consultants.

Bayhealth Hospital, Kent Campus earned the award by meeting specific criteria and standards of performance for quick and appropriate treatment. This was achieved through emergency procedures that reestablished blood flow to blocked arteries in heart attack patients, whether coming directly to the hospital or being transferred from another facility.

“From the EMS staff to the doctors and nurses in the Emergency Department to the Cardiac Cath lab practitioners and those that help patients recover, there are many individuals involved in saving lives and improving the outcomes for those that suffer a heart attack. This award would not be possible without great teamwork, and it inspires us to build upon our hard work for the good of our patients,” said Bayhealth’s Senior Director of Operations for the Cardiovascular Service Line Greg Springer.

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