Presbyterian Hospital Matthews recently qualified for the American Heart Association’s Mission: Lifeline Bronze Quality Achievement Award for referral hospitals. This achievement brings national recognition to the hospital for improving survival rates and outcomes for ST Elevation Myocardial Infarction, or STEMI, patients, according to a news release from the hospital.
STEMI is the most serious type of heart attack affecting almost 250,000 people annually. A significant number don’t receive prompt reperfusion therapy, which is critical in restoring blood flow. Mission: Lifeline seeks to save lives by closing the gaps that separate STEMI patients from timely access to appropriate treatments. Before they are discharged, patients also are started on aggressive risk reduction therapies such as cholesterol-lowering drugs, aspirin, ACE inhibitors and beta-blockers in the hospital and receive smoking cessation counseling, the release said.
Hospitals that receive the Mission: Lifeline Achievement Bronze Awards have demonstrated for at least 90 consecutive days that at least 85 percent of STEMI patients are treated within specific time frames upon entering the hospital and discharged following the American Heart Association’s recommended treatment guidelines.
Presbyterian Hospital Matthews and another Presbyterian facility, Presbyterian Hospital Huntersville, were two of only three referral hospitals nationwide to receive the bronze recognition as of July 1, 2011.