Ministry Facilities Receive American Heart Association’s Mission: Lifeline Gold Quality Achievemen

The two advanced surgical centers for the Marshfield Clinic and Ministry Health Care Heart Care Team have received the American Heart Association’s Mission: Lifeline® Gold Receiving Quality Achievement Award.

The award was given to Ministry Saint Joseph’s Hospital in Marshfield and Ministry Saint Clare’s Hospital in Weston. The Award recognizes the efforts of the Heart Care Team and each facilities commitment and success in implementing the highest 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 STEMI Receiving Hospitals, Ministry Saint Joseph’s and Ministry Saint Clare’s successfully meet the high standards of performance in quick and appropriate treatment of STEMI patients to open the blocked artery, said Dr. Richard Reinhardt, Joint Heart Care Team medical director.

Reinhardt said before being discharged, patients are started on aggressive risk reduction therapies such as cholesterol-lowering drugs, aspirin, ACE inhibitors and beta-blockers. Patients also 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 are dedicated to making our cardiac program among the best in the country, and the American Heart Association’s Mission: Lifeline program is helping us accomplish that goal,” said John Beauchamp, Joint Heart Care Team service line administrator.  “The hard work and commitment of our physicians and staff continue to improve the outcomes of our cardiac patients and we are pleased to be recognized for our achievements.”


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