AUSTIN—Five St. David’s HealthCare facilities recently qualified for the American Heart Association’s Mission: Lifeline Receiving Center Performance Achievement Award. The award recognizes hospitals’ 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.
St. David’s North Austin Medical Center earned the silver level award from the American Heart Association. St. David’s Medical Center, St. David’s South Austin Medical Center, Heart Hospital of Austin and St. David’s Round Rock Medical Center earned the Mission: Lifeline Bronze Performance Achievement Award. St. David’s Georgetown Hospital was not eligible for a Mission: Lifeline award this year.
Every year, almost 250,000 people experience a STEMI heart attack. Unfortunately, a significant number of patients 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 focused on improving the system of care for these patients, while at the same time improving care for all heart attack patients.
“St. David’s HealthCare is dedicated to making our cardiac units among the best in the country, and the American Heart Association’s Mission: Lifeline program is helping us accomplish that by making it easier for our medical teams to improve the outcomes of our cardiac patients,” Thomas Knight, M.D., chief medical officer of St. David’s HealthCare, said. “We are pleased to be recognized for our dedication to and achievements in cardiac care.”
Hospitals involved in Mission: Lifeline strive to improve care in acute treatment measures and discharge measures. Systems of care are developed to provide 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, if necessary.
Hospitals that receive the Mission: Lifeline Silver Performance Achievement Award have demonstrated for 12 consecutive months that at least 85 percent 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.
St. David’s HealthCare
With more than 60 sites across Central Texas, St. David’s HealthCare includes seven of the area’s leading hospitals and is one of the largest health systems in Texas. Known for compassionate, high-quality care, the organization has been recognized with the Texas Award for Performance Excellence, the highest honor bestowed by the State of Texas based upon world-class quality measures. In January 2012, St. David’s HealthCare was recognized as one of the top 15 health systems in the U.S. by Thomson Reuters, a leading provider of information and solutions to improve the cost and quality of healthcare. In April 2012, four of the system’s facilities—St. David’s Medical Center, St. David’s North Austin Medical Center, St. David’s Round Rock Medical Center and St. David’s Georgetown Hospital—were named to the list of 100 top hospitals in the U.S. by Thomson Reuters. Additionally, Heart Hospital of Austin, a campus of St. David’s Medical Center, was named a Top 50 Cardiovascular Hospital for 2012. Perennially ranked as the top Austin-area employer among large companies by the Austin Business Journal’s annual “Best Places to Work” survey, St. David’s HealthCare is the third-largest private employer in the Austin area, with approximately 7,500 employees. For more information, please visit StDavids.com.
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 clinical treatment guidelines. For more information, visit heart.org/missionlifeline and heart.org/quality.