Forrest General receives American Heart Association’s Mission: Lifeline Silver Quality Achievement Award for heart attack care
Forrest General has received the American Heart Association’s Mission: Lifeline® Silver Receiving Quality Achievement Award. The award recognizes Forrest General’s commitment and success in implementing an exceptional standard of care for heart attack patients.
Each year in the United States, nearly 300,000 people have a STEMI, or ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction, the most severe form of heart attack. A STEMI occurs when a blood clot completely blocks an artery to the heart. To prevent death, it’s critical to immediately restore blood flow, either by surgically opening the blocked vessel or by giving clot-busting medication.
Hospitals involved in Mission: Lifeline are part of a system that makes sure STEMI patients get the right care they need, as quickly as possible. Mission: Lifeline focuses on improving the system of care for these patients and at the same time improving care for all heart attack patients.
As a “STEMI Receiving Hospital,” Forrest General meets high standards of performance in quick and appropriate treatment of STEMI patients to open the blocked artery. Before they are discharged, patients are started on aggressive risk reduction therapies such as cholesterol-lowering drugs, aspirin, ACE inhibitors and beta-blockers and they receive smoking cessation counseling if needed. Hospitals must adhere to these guidelines-based measures at a set level for a designated period of time to be eligible for the achievement awards.
“Forrest General is dedicated to making our cardiac unit among the best in the country, and the American Heart Association’s Mission: Lifeline program is helping us accomplish that by making it easier for our professionals to improve the outcomes of our cardiac patients,” said Robert Wilkins, M.D. “We are pleased to be recognized for our dedication and achievements in cardiac care, and I am very proud of our team.”
About Mission: Lifeline
The American Heart Association’s Mission: Lifeline program helps hospitals and emergency medical services develop systems of care that follow proven standards and procedures for STEMI patients. The program works by mobilizing teams across the continuum of care to implement American Heart Association/American College of Cardiology clinical treatment guidelines. For more information, visit heart.org/missionlifeline and heart.org/quality.
Pictured from left: Michael Collins, STEMI Coordinator; Bryan Maxie, Chief of Operational Services; Chuck Carter, COO of AAA Ambulance Service; Laura Rawls, Emergency Department Educator; Dot Denham-Jarrell, Emergency Department Director; Thad Waites, M.D., Cath Lab Medical Director; Sandy Jones, Cath Lab Director; Eddie Walker, M.D., Emergency Department Clinical Director; Robert Wilkins, M.D., Medical Director of FGH STEMI Program; Justin Cameron, Cath Lab Coordinator; Eric Jordan, M.D., Emergency Medicine physician; John Nelson, M.D., Director of Emergency Medicine; Debbie Bounds, Emergency Department Nurse Manager and Andy Geske, Director of Information Technology for AAA Ambulance.