Mercy Health - Anderson Hospital Honored with the American Heart Association's Mission: Lifeline Achievement Award

(CINCINNATI; July 7, 2015) – Mercy Health, which provides advanced, quality, compassionate care in your neighborhood through its care network, announces Mercy Health – Anderson Hospital has received the Mission: Lifeline® Silver Receiving Quality Achievement Award from the American Heart Association.

When a patient is having a heart attack, seconds matter. Anderson Hospital received the award for implementing specific quality improvement measures outlined by the American Heart Association for the timely and appropriate 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.

The American Heart Association’s Mission: Lifeline program’s goal is to reduce any barriers to prompt treatment for heart attacks, beginning with the 9-1-1 call and continuing through hospital treatment. 

“Anderson Hospital 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 nationally-respected clinical guidelines,” said Jeff Graham, East Market President and CEO. “We are honored that the American Heart Association has recognized Anderson Hospital for our dedication and achievements in cardiac care and I am very proud of the team that delivers this excellent care every day to the communities we serve.”

In addition to receiving the Mission: Lifeline Silver Receiving award, the American Heart Association has also recognized Anderson Hospital as a recipient of Mission: Lifeline’s Silver-Plus award. This award acknowledges that the hospital has reached an achievement score of 75 percent or greater for treating STEMI transfer patients within 120 minutes.

“We commend Anderson Hospital for this achievement award, which reflects a significant institutional commitment to the highest quality of care for their heart attack patients,” said James G. Jollis, MD, Chair of the Mission: Lifeline Advisory Working Group and President of the North Carolina Chapter of the American College of Cardiology. “Achieving this award means the hospital has met specific reporting and achievement measures for the treatment of their patients who suffer heart attacks and we applaud them for their commitment to quality and timely care.”

Anderson Hospital earned the award by meeting specific criteria and standards of performance for the quick and appropriate treatment of STEMI patients by providing emergency procedures to re-establish blood flow to blocked arteries when needed. Eligible hospitals must adhere to these measures at a set level for a designated period to receive the awards.