St. Luke’s Health—The Woodlands Hospital receives Mission: LIFELINE® Gold NSTEMI and LIFELINE® Gold Plus STEMI Receiving Center Achievement Awards

By: Vanessa Astros
| Published 07/28/2020

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THE WOODLANDS, TX - St. Luke’s Health—The Woodlands Hospital (The Woodlands Hospital) has received the Mission: Lifeline ® Gold NSTEMI Receiving Center Achievement Award and Mission: Lifeline ® Gold Plus STEMI Receiving Center 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 deadliest 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 Woodlands Hospital also met specific criteria and standards of performance for the quick and appropriate treatment of NSTEMI heart attack patients by providing emergency procedures to re-establish blood flow to blocked arteries when needed.

“The Woodlands Hospital is dedicated to providing optimal care for heart attack patients,” said Vincent Aquino, MD, Director of Cardiovascular Services and Interventional Cardiologist at The Woodlands Hospital. “We are thrilled to be recognized for our dedication and achievements in cardiac care through Mission: Lifeline.”

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, 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.

“We commend The Woodlands Hospital for these awards in recognition for 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.”

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