St. Anthony Hospital Receives Mission: Lifeline Gold Receiving Quality Achievement Award

(LAKEWOOD, COLO.) St. Anthony Hospital is the only medical center in Colorado to receive the 2018 Mission: Lifeline® Gold Receiving Quality Achievement Award from the American Heart Association® for its outstanding performance in treating patients presenting with a ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) heart attack, the most life-threatening type of cardiac event and a leading cause of death among heart patients in the U.S.

St. Anthony Hospital 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. This achievement recognizes medical centers that are successful in meeting and exceeding guideline therapy recommendations for treating such patients.

“When it comes to treating cardiac emergencies, heart disease, and cardiac conditions, St. Anthony Hospital is the medical center of choice for more than 600 cardiac patients per year,” said Peter Powers, Chief Executive Officer (CEO), St. Anthony Hospital. “Individuals know that when faced with a cardiac condition or emergency, St. Anthony Hospital offers a robust cardiovascular care program and has proven successful in not only meeting, but exceeding national quality standards and providing the best chances for recovery.”

Every year, more than 250,000 individuals experience a STEMI which is caused by a blockage of blood flow to the heart and 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. Research suggests that if the vessel is opened within the first few hours of the blockage, the patient will have a better chance of survival and less muscle damage.

“We commend St. Anthony Hospital for this award in recognition of following evidence-based guidelines for timely heart attack treatment,” said Tim Henry, M.D., Chair of the Mission: Lifeline Acute Coronary Syndrome Subcommittee. “We applaud the significant institutional commitment to their critical role in the system of care for quickly and appropriately treating heart attack patients.”

The American Heart Association’s Mission: Lifeline program is geared to reduce system barriers to prompt treatment for heart attacks, beginning with the emergency 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.

St. Anthony Hospital is home to a leading-edge line of cardiac services, treatment options, resources and some of the best hearts and minds in health care all with the mission of improving the lives of those in the communities they serve. It is an Accredited Chest Pain Center, Accredited Heart Attack Receiving Center and has received several awards including the ACTION Platinum Performance Achievement Award and numerous Healthgrades honors. In addition, St. Anthony Hospital has been recognized for its work in resuscitation, Cardiac Surgical Advanced Life Support, and for a full list of St. Anthony’s Cardiac Excellence Awards, visit the Awards & Accreditations page.

Additionally, CardioSmart, a website from the American College of Cardiology and is another helpful resource aiding individuals in learning more about St. Anthony’s highly-accredited cardiovascular program and the services it offers. The website publicly shares data measures for cardiovascular services so heart patients can find the right care for them, visit CardioSmart website.

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About the ENA
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About St. Anthony Hospital
St. Anthony Hospital is nationally recognized for its renowned programs in trauma, cardiovascular services, oncology, neurosciences and orthopedics. St. Anthony Hospital’s expert team of physicians, nurses and other caregivers provide unparalleled medical care for patients and access to the latest in medical technology. St Anthony Hospital is part of Centura Health, which connects individuals, families and neighborhoods across Colorado and western Kansas with more than 6,000 physicians and 21,000 of the best hearts and minds in health care. For more information visit St. Anthony Medical Campus website or follow the hospital via Twitter and Facebook.

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