Little Company of Mary Hospital (LCMH) has received the 2018 Mission: Lifeline® Gold Receiving Quality Achievement Award for implementing 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 is critical to restore blood flow as quickly as possible, either by mechanically opening the blocked vessel or by providing clot-busting medication.
“The coordination, dedication and teamwork of the cardiovascular team and emergency personnel are reasons why LCMH was given this honor,” said Thomas Quinn, M.D., Director of Cardiology and Medical Director of the Heart Failure Clinic at LCMH. “We are passionate about saving lives and improving the outcomes of heart attack patients, which makes LCMH one of the best places to go for heart care.”
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, to EMS transport and continuing through hospital treatment and discharge. The initiative provides tools, training and other resources to support heart attack care following protocols from the most recent evidence-based treatment guidelines.
LCMH earned the award by meeting specific criteria and standards of performance for quick and appropriate treatment through emergency procedures to re-establish blood flow to blocked arteries in heart attack patients coming into the hospital directly or by transfer from another facility.
“We are all proud to receive this award because one of our core values is quality,” said Cindy Deuser, R.N. Vice President of Quality Improvement / Clinical and Diagnostic Services at LCMH. “Our patients can be confident in knowing they will receive optimal and timely heart attack care from the moment they arrive at our door.”
About Little Company of Mary Hospital:
Little Company of Mary Hospital and Health Care Centers (LCMH) is a Catholic, not-for-profit hospital based in Evergreen Park. For nearly 90 years, LCMH has held a long tradition of serving the needs of women and their families. Our Women’s Center for Life and Health provides a wide array of women’s healthcare needs conveniently under one roof – from routine wellness exams and screenings to advanced diagnostic facilities for even the most critical health conditions. LCMH continues to achieve accolades for quality, provides new medical advances and offers a convenient range of services to our community. If you need assistance finding a Little Company of Mary physician that’s right for you, please contact Physician Match – a free healthcare referral service that provides detailed biographical information on many physicians within a variety of medical specialties. Call 708.423.3070 or 1.866.540.LCMH or visit www.LCMH.org.
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 Foundation clinical treatment guidelines. For more information, visit heart.org.