Methodist Healthcare June 07, 2016

Northeast Methodist Hospital Honored with Mission: Lifeline BRONZE Achievement Award

Northeast Methodist Hospital, a campus of Methodist Hospital, has received the Mission: Lifeline® Bronze 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 most deadly type of heart attack caused by a blockage of blood flow to the heart that requires timely treatment. To prevent death, it’s critical to restore blood flow as quickly as possible, either by mechanically opening the blocked vessel or by providing clot-busting medication.

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 and continuing through hospital treatment.

“Northeast Methodist Hospital continually strives to improve the quality of care for our patients who suffer a heart attack, and the American Heart Association’s Mission: Lifeline program is helping us accomplish that goal through nationally respected clinical guidelines,” said Paul Hancock, MD, chief medical officer for Methodist Healthcare System. “We are pleased to be recognized for our dedication and achievements in cardiac care, and I am very proud of our team.”

“We commend Northeast Methodist Hospital for this achievement award, which reflects a significant institutional commitment to the highest quality of care for their heart attack patients,” said James G. Jollis, MD, Chair of the Mission: Lifeline Advisory Working Group. “Achieving this award means the hospital has met specific reporting and achievement measures for the treatment of their patients who suffer heart attacks and we applaud them for their commitment to quality and timely care.”

Northeast Methodist Hospital earned the award by meeting specific criteria and standards of performance for the quick and appropriate treatment of STEMI patients by providing emergency procedures to re-establish blood flow to blocked arteries when needed. Eligible hospitals must adhere to these measures at a set level for at least one consecutive 90 day interval.

About Northeast Methodist Hospital

Northeast Methodist Hospital, a campus of Methodist Hospital, has played a major role in the phenomenal economic growth experienced in northeast Bexar County (San Antonio, Texas). Northeast Methodist Hospital offers a full array of services including 24/7 emergency care, open heart surgery, cardiac catheterizations, inpatient rehabilitation, orthopedic surgery, cancer care, intensive care and inpatient and outpatient surgeries and procedures. The hospital is an accredited Chest Pain Center and is a Certified Stroke Center by The Joint Commission. They are recognized as an Accredited Heart Failure Center by the Healthcare Colloquium, as a 2014 Top Performer on Key Quality Measures® by The Joint Commission, and the Texas Award for Performance Excellence in 2014. Most recently, the hospital was awarded an “A” grade for patient safety in Leapfrog’s Fall 2015 Hospital Safety Score.

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.