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MHHS Awarded American Heart Association Mission: Lifeline Achievement Award

Posted on June 16, 2017

Morristown-Hamblen Healthcare System (MHHS), the area’s only heart attack intervention center, has received the American Heart Associaton’s Mission: Lifeline® Bronze Receiving Quality Achievement Award for achieving specific quality improvement measures outlined by the American Heart Association for the treatment of patients who suffer severe heart attacks.

Every year, more than 250,000 people experience an ST elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) the deadliest type of heart attack caused by a blockage of blood flow to the heart that requires timely treatment. To prevent death, it’s critical to restore blood flow as quickly as possible, either by mechanically opening the blocked vessel or by providing clot-busting medication.

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

“As the area’s only hospital equipped for heart attack intervention, MHHS is dedicated to improving the quality of care for our patients who suffer a heart attack, which requires close collaboration between Cardiologists, EMS, Emergency Room Physicians and Staff and the Cardiovascular Services Team that begins when a patient calls 9-1-1. The American Heart Association’s Mission: Lifeline program is helping us accomplish that goal through nationally respected clinical guidelines,” said Gordon Lintz, President and Chief Administrative Officer. “We are pleased to be recognized for our dedication and achievements in cardiac care, and I am very proud of our team.”

 In addition to receiving the Mission: Lifeline Bronze Receiving Award, MHHS has also been recognized as a recipient of Mission: Lifeline’s Bronze-Plus award, which recognizes the hospital has reached an achievement score of 75 percent or greater for treating STEMI transfer patients within 120 minutes for at least one quarter.

 “We commend Morristown-Hamblen Healthcare System 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. “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.”

 MHHS 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.