|Columbus Regional Hospital has been honored as a recipient of the Mission: Lifeline Silver Plus Quality Achievement Award by the American Heart Association.|
The Mission: Lifeline program measures the implementation of specific quality improvement processes outlined by the association for the treatment of patients who suffer severe heart attacks, with the goal of streamlining systems of care to quickly get heart attack patients from the first 9-1-1 call to hospital treatment.
Each year in the US, approximately 250,000 people suffer a STEMI, or ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction, caused by complete blockage of blood flow to the heart. To prevent death, it’s critical to immediately restore blood flow to the heart, either by surgically opening the blocked vessel or by administering clot-busting medication.
In order to earn the Silver Plus designation, hospitals must meet specific criteria and standards of performance outlined by the American Heart Association, including appropriate and timely treatment of the blocked artery, and aggressive risk-reduction therapies such as cholesterol-lowing medication and smoking cessation counseling, if needed. Eligible hospitals must adhere to these measures at a set level for a designated period to receive the award.
Media Contact: Kelsey DeClue, public relations