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Thursday, June 23, 2016

Franciscan St. Francis Health’s heart attack care earns national recognition

INDIANAPOLIS, Indiana – Franciscan St. Francis Health-Indianapolis has received the Mission: Lifeline® Gold-Plus Award for surpassing quality measures in the treatment of patients who suffer severe heart attacks.

The recognition comes from the American Heart Association, which also named the hospital as a recipient of the Mission: Lifeline Gold Receiving Quality Achievement Award

The Gold-Plus award means the hospital has not only surpassed an achievement score on all Lifeline quality measures, but has also achieved at least a 75 percent on “First Door to Device” (duration of time from a patient’s arrival at the hospital to the activation of cardiac device) of under 120 minutes for an ST-elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) transfer patients from other facilities.

“Our clinicians and support staff are dedicated to improving the quality of care for our patients who suffer a heart attack, and the Lifeline program is helping us accomplish that goal through nationally respected clinical guidelines,” said William J. Berg, MD, medical director of the hospital’s Heart Center and Catheterization Lab. “We are pleased to be recognized for our dedication and achievements in heart care, and I am very proud of our team.”

Every year, more than 250,000 people experience an STEMI, the most deadly type of heart attack, which is 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 Indianapolis hospital earned the award by meeting specific criteria and standards of performance for the quick and appropriate treatment of STEMI patients by providing emergency procedures to re-establish blood flow to blocked arteries when needed. Eligible hospitals must adhere to these measures at a set level for a designated period to receive the awards.