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Washington Regional Earns National Recognition for Heart Attack Treatment

Washington Regional Medical Center earned two Mission: Lifeline® Achievement Awards from the American Heart Association for demonstrating commitment to following up-to-date, research-based guidelines for the treatment of heart disease, ultimately leading to more lives saved, shorter recovery times and fewer readmissions to the hospital.

Mission: Lifeline® STEMI Silver Plus Receiving
Washington Regional earned this award by meeting specific criteria for one year for quick treatment through emergency procedures for patients experiencing an ST Myocardial Infarction, or STEMI, the deadliest type of heart attack.

Mission: Lifeline® NSTEMI Silver
For this recognition, Washington Regional demonstrated a high adherence for one year to providing dual antiplatelet therapy prescription, or DAPT, to patients at discharge. DAPT decreases the risk of future blood clots, heart attack and stroke. Washington Regional also showed an 85% or greater achievement score on other quality measures and referrals to cardiac rehabilitation for patients with non-STEMI heart attacks.

Someone in the U.S. has a heart attack every 40 seconds and heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States, according to the American Heart Association. Mission: Lifeline puts the expertise of the American Heart Association to work for hospitals nationwide, helping ensure patient care is aligned with the latest evidence and research-based guidelines.

“Washington Regional is dedicated to improving care for patients who are experiencing a heart attack by adhering to the latest treatment guidelines and streamlining processes to ensure timely and proper care,” said Director of Cardiovascular Services Stephine Phillips. “The Mission: Lifeline and Get With The Guidelines programs make it easier for our teams to put proven knowledge and guidelines to work on a daily basis, which helps us ensure more people in our communities experience longer, healthier lives.”

“We are pleased to recognize Washington Regional Medical Center for its commitment to caring for those in their community who need cardiovascular care,” said John Warner, M.D., FAHA, past president of the American Heart Association and CEO of The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center. “Hospitals that follow the American Heart Association’s quality improvement protocols often see improved patient outcomes, fewer readmissions and lower mortality rates – a win for health care systems, families and communities.”

The American Heart Association and American Stroke Association’s Mission: Lifeline program helps ensure the care provided to patients is aligned with the latest research-based guidelines based on the latest scientific evidence and focuses on helping communities and regions form effective coalitions of hospitals, ambulance services, non-transport medical first response agencies, emergency communications centers, emergency medical service regulatory/medical direction agencies, local government and payers.