ST. FRANCIS downtown receives AHA Mission Lifeline Gold Award

ST. FRANCIS downtown has received the American Heart Association’s Mission: Lifeline® Gold Receiving Center Quality Achievement Award. The award recognizes Bon Secours St. Francis’ commitment and success in implementing the highest standard of care for heart attack patients.  

As a “STEMI Receiving Hospital,” ST. FRANCIS downtown 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.

“Bon Secours St. Francis is dedicated to making our care for heart attack patients among the best in the country,” said Johnna Reed, Bon Secours St. Francis Vice President of Business Development/Heart and Vascular Services. “This recognition was achieved through excellent team work and demonstrates that we are on the right track. I am very proud of our team.”

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.

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