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Allegheny General Hospital receives American Heart Association’s Mission: Lifeline Bronze Quality Achievement Award for heart attack care

Thursday, November 14th, 2013

PITTSBURGH, Pa. (Nov. 14, 2013) – Allegheny General Hospital (AGH) has received the American Heart Association’s Mission: Lifeline® Bronze Receiving Quality Achievement Award for 2013. The award recognizes the commitment and success of AGH, part of the Allegheny Health Network, in implementing a high standard of care for heart attack patients.
 
Each year in the United States, nearly 300,000 people have a STEMI, or ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction, the most severe form of heart attack. A STEMI occurs when a blood clot completely blocks an artery to the heart. To prevent death, it’s critical to immediately restore blood flow, either by surgically opening the blocked vessel or by giving clot-busting medication.
 
Hospitals involved in Mission: Lifeline are part of a system that makes sure STEMI patients get the right care they need, as quickly as possible. Mission: Lifeline focuses on improving the system of care for these patients and at the same time improving care for all heart attack patients.
 
“This recognition goes to our entire team, from prehospital providers to the emergency room to the cardiac cath lab,” said David Lasorda, DO, FACC, Director of AGH’s Division of Interventional Cardiology. “Working together in a collaborative, interdisciplinary fashion allows us to provide this high level of care for our patients.”
 
As a “STEMI Receiving Hospital,” AGH meets high standards of performance in quick and appropriate treatment of STEMI patients to open the blocked artery. Before they are discharged, patients are started on aggressive risk reduction therapies such as cholesterol-lowering drugs, aspirin, ACE inhibitors and beta-blockers and they receive smoking cessation counseling if needed. Hospitals must adhere to these guidelines-based measures at a set level for a designated period of time to be eligible for the achievement awards.
 
“The cardiovascular care team at AGH is dedicated to providing our patients with well-coordinated, comprehensive care that meets the highest national standards and gives patients the best possible outcomes,” said Srinivas Murali, MD, Director of AGH’s Division of Cardiovascular Medicine and Medical Director of the hospital’s Cardiovascular Institute. “Our recognition with the Mission: Lifeline Bronze Receiving Quality Achievement Award is a testament to the skill, dedication and compassion of everyone on our team.”
 
St. Vincent Hospital in Erie, also part of the Allegheny Health Network and a STEMI-receiving hospital, has also received the 2013 American Heart Association’s Mission: Lifeline® Bronze Receiving Quality Achievement Award. Allegheny Health Network’s Jefferson Hospital was the state’s first to be accredited as an American Heart Association (AHA) Mission: Lifeline® Heart Attack Receiving Center by AHA and the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care. 
 
For more information, visit heart.org/missionlifeline and heart.org/quality.
 
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