American Heart Association awards Gold Mission Lifeline Award to MetroWest Medical Center – Framingham SOURCE
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FRAMINGHAM – MetroWest Medical Center received the Mission: Lifeline® Gold award receiving the Quality Excellence Award for implementing specific quality improvement measures to treat patients with severe heart attacks.
Each year, more than 250,000 people experience ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI), the deadliest type of heart attack, caused by a blockage in blood flow to the heart that requires prompt treatment.
To avoid death, it is essential to restore blood flow as quickly as possible, either by mechanically opening the blocked vessel or by providing anticoagulant medication.
The American Heart Association‘s Mission: Lifeline program helps reduce barriers to prompt treatment of heart attacks – from the time 9-1-1 is called, through EMS transport, to treatment and recovery. discharge from hospital. Optimal care for heart attack patients requires coordination between the hospital, EMS, and the healthcare system.
“Paramedics and paramedics play an essential role in the care of heart attack patients,” said Dr. George Kinzfogl, chief of cardiology at MetroWest Medical Center. “Being the first point of medical contact, they identify ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction in the field, then activate the emergency response system that alerts hospitals to a patient’s arrival. . Once the patient arrives, we have an exceptional Interventional Cardiology team, led by Dr Christopher Gange and Dr James Alderman, who provide state-of-the-art heart attack care.
“We are grateful for this award which is a testament to the dedication of all of our team members. The insight of the doctors and nurses in our emergency room, the expertise of our cath lab teams performing emergency coronary interventions, and the care our patients receive in critical care after their surgery are all exemplary. Every 40 seconds, someone in the United States has a heart attack. Here at MetroWest Medical Center, we pride ourselves on being a heart attack hospital. We will continue to promote excellence in patient care by applying the latest scientific guidelines, competently and with compassion. “
MetroWest Medical Center won the award by demonstrating how the hospital is committed to improving the quality of care for STEMI patients.
“We are proud of our exceptional team of physicians, nurses, technicians and staff who make this distinction possible,” said Ava Collins, CEO of MetroWest Medical Center. “Together with our community emergency medical services partners, we remain committed to providing the best care for patients with heart attacks. “
MetroWest Medical Center is the largest community health system between Worcester and Boston. It provides services at two locations: Leonard Morse in Natick and Framingham Union in Framingham. MWMC is committed to meeting the healthcare needs of area residents by providing cutting-edge medicine and personalized care, directly to the local community.