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Washington Regional Part of Regional System Award Recognizing Care for Heart Attacks

Washington Regional, a participant in the American Heart Association Mission: Lifeline Regional Reports, has received the Mission: Lifeline® Regional STEMI Trailblazer Achievement Award as a part of the Arkansas Region. The award is presented for implementing specific quality improvement measures at a regional level as outlined by the Association for treating patients who suffer severe heart attacks. 

Achieving Mission: Lifeline® Regional Recognition honors a commitment to high quality systems of care among hospitals and supporting EMS agencies through collaborative efforts.

Every year, more than 250,000 people experience an ST elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI), the deadliest type of heart attack. The American Heart Association Mission: Lifeline program’s goal is to reduce system barriers to prompt treatment for heart attacks, beginning with the 911 call, to EMS transport and continuing through hospital treatment and discharge. The initiative provides tools, training and other resources to support heart attack care following the most recent evidence-based treatment guidelines and encourages key stakeholders to work together to implement the optimal STEMI System of Care.
“These regions receiving the Mission: Lifeline Regional Trailblazer award are pioneers in STEMI Systems of Care implementation and are leading the way in care coordination, use of evidence-based care guidelines and coming together to assure a high-quality functioning STEMI System of Care.” said Alice Jacobs, Professor of Medicine, Boston University School of Medicine and Chair, GWTG-CAD Systems of Care Advisory Work Group. 

“Washington Regional is dedicated to participating in the Mission: Lifeline Arkansas Region and to providing optimal care for heart attack patients,” Washington Regional Emergency Department Director Danita Mullins said. “We are pleased to be a part of a Mission: Lifeline STEMI System of Care recognized for its collective dedication and achievements in cardiac care. Our goal is to continue participating in the Mission: Lifeline Arkansas Region, collaborating with our pre-hospital providers and continue delivering optimal care for each heart attack patient in our region.”

Washington Regional last week also announced it received the Mission: Lifeline® Silver Receiving Quality Achievement Award by meeting specific criteria and standards of performance for quick and appropriate treatment through emergency procedures to restore blood flow to blocked arteries in heart attack patients.