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High Point Regional Health System Qualifies for American Heart Association’s Mission: Lifeline Recognition for Heart Attack Care

7/27/2011

HIGH POINT, N.C. – High Point Regional Health System recently qualified for the American Heart Association’s Mission: Lifeline Silver Performance Achievement Award. The award recognizes High Point Regional’s commitment and success in implementing a higher standard of care for heart attack patients that effectively improves the survival and care of STEMI (ST Elevation Myocardial Infarction) patients.

“Being recognized for this achievement validates the fact our cardiac program is ranked one of the best in the Nation,” said Jeff Miller, President, High Point Regional Health System. “From the emergency department to the cath lab to the cardiac care unit the seamless standard of excellence showcases commitment and quality across the board, which is something to be proud of.”

Hospitals that receive the Mission: Lifeline Silver Performance Achievement Award have demonstrated for 12 months that at least 85 percent or higher of eligible STEMI patients (without contraindications) are treated within specific time frames upon entering the hospital and discharged following the American Heart Association’s recommended treatment guidelines.

Every year, almost 400,000 people experience the STEMI type of heart attack. Unfortunately, a significant number don't receive prompt reperfusion therapy, which is critical in restoring blood flow. Mission: Lifeline seeks to save lives by closing the gaps that separate STEMI patients from timely access to appropriate treatments. Mission: Lifeline is focusing on improving the system of care for these patients and at the same time improving care for all heart attack patients.

“It takes a dedicated team comprised of skilled and passionate professionals to achieve this award, we have those professionals here at High Point Regional,” said Zan Tyson, M.D., cardiologist. “Our cardiologists, cardiovascular surgeons and staff work hard to achieve and maintain this level of recognition.”

Hospitals involved in Mission: Lifeline strive to improve care in both acute treatment measures and discharge measures. Systems of care are developed that close the gap of timely access to appropriate, life-saving treatments. Before they are discharged, appropriate patients are started on aggressive risk reduction therapies such as cholesterol-lowering drugs, aspirin, ACE inhibitors and beta-blockers in the hospital and receive smoking cessation counseling.

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