Medical Center EMS Nationally Recognized for Its Commitment to Quality Care for Severe Heart Attacks in Southcentral Kentucky

Medical Center EMS has received the American Heart Association’s Mission: Lifeline® EMS Gold and Target: Heart Attack Honor Roll achievement award for its commitment to offering rapid, research-based care to people experiencing the most severe form of heart attack, ultimately saving lives.

Each year, more than 250,000 people experience a type of heart attack known as an ST elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI), caused by a blockage of blood flow to the heart that requires timely treatment. To prevent death, it is critical to restore blood flow as quickly as possible by either mechanically opening the blocked vessel or using clot-busting medication.

Mission: Lifeline is the American Heart Association’s national initiative to advance the system of care for patients with high-risk, time-sensitive disease states, such as severe heart attacks. The program helps reduce barriers to prompt treatment for heart attacks – starting from when 911 is called, to EMS transport and continuing through hospital treatment and discharge. Optimal care for heart attack patients takes coordination between the individual hospital, EMS and healthcare system.

“The healthcare professionals who interact with a patient even before he or she enters the hospital or emergency room play a vital part in the system of care for those who have heart attacks,” said James G. Jollis, M.D., Volunteer Chair for the GWTG-CAD Systems of Care Advisory Work Group and Professor of Medicine at Duke University School of Medicine. “Since they are the first medical point of contact, they can save precious minutes of treatment time by activating the emergency response system that alerts hospitals to an incoming heart attack patient.”

The Mission: Lifeline achievement award is earned by agencies that demonstrate a commitment to treating patients according to the most up-to-date research-based practices as outlined by the American Heart Association.

“Receiving this award means Medical Center EMS delivers outstanding care to the residents of Warren County,” said Jim Berry, Director of Medical Center EMS. “The Mission: Lifeline award is given based on a system of care approach that measures how well EMS integrates in the overall care given to heart attack victims.”