DOYLESTOWN HOSPITAL RECEIVES AHA'S MISSION: LIFELINE QUALITY AWARD 05/01/2013 Doylestown Hospital receives American Heart Association’s
Mission: Lifeline Bronze Quality Achievement Award for heart attack care
Award demonstrates Doylestown Hospital’s commitment to quality care for heart attack patients
Doylestown Hospital has received the American Heart Association’s Mission: Lifeline® Bronze Receiving Quality Achievement Award. The award recognizes Doylestown Hospital’s commitment and success in implementing a high standard of care for heart attack patients.
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.
As a “STEMI Receiving Hospital,” Doylestown Hospital 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.
“We couldn’t have done this without a tremendous amount of teamwork,” says Doylestown Hospital’s Director of Cardiovascular Services John Mitchell. “We always strive to deliver the best care possible. Everyone involved is looking at the same question, ‘How can we make our treatment of heart attack even better?’ This recognition acknowledges the continuous hard work and collaboration of our team of nurses, physicians, staff and EMS personnel dedicated to improving cardiac care at Doylestown Hospital.”
About Doylestown Hospital
Doylestown Hospital is a comprehensive 238-bed medical center serving families throughout Bucks and Montgomery Counties and Western New Jersey. The Hospital, along with The Doylestown Hospital Surgery Center at the Health & Wellness Center in Warrington; Pine Run Community and Health Center; Lakeview by Pine Run, and V.I.A. Affiliates, comprise the V.I.A. Health System.
Doylestown Hospital’s Medical Staff includes more than 420 physicians in more than 40 specialty areas. The Richard A. Reif Heart Institute of Doylestown Hospital is a regional center of excellence for cardiology and cardiac surgery, and Doylestown has been named to Becker's Hospital Review’s 2013 list of "100 Hospitals with Great Heart Programs," which recognizes outstanding hospitals for heart care in the United States. Doylestown Hospital is the only hospital in Bucks County to garner recognition on this annual list.
The Cancer Institute of Doylestown Hospital and Penn Radiation Oncology at Doylestown offer comprehensive cancer treatment in an integrated environment. Other areas of clinical emphasis include emergency medicine, maternal-child health, orthopedics, interventional radiology, gastroenterology, urology, general surgery and robotic surgery.
For a comprehensive list of Doylestown Hospital’s programs and services, and for the latest information on classes, events and hospital news, please visit our website – www.dh.org.
About Mission: Lifeline
The American Heart Association’s Mission: Lifeline program helps hospitals and emergency medical services develop systems of care that follow proven standards and procedures for STEMI patients. The program works by mobilizing teams across the continuum of care to implement American Heart Association/American College of Cardiology clinical treatment guidelines. For more information, visit heart.org/missionlifeline and heart.org/quality.