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Elizabeth Streich, 718-670-2515, firstname.lastname@example.org
Allison Fleming, 718-670-2374, email@example.com
FLUSHING, N.Y., June 6, 2014 — New York Hospital Queens (NYHQ) has been honored by the American Heart Association (AHA) for providing prompt, evidence-based care for heart attack patients. NYHQ has been selected to receive AHA’s Mission: Lifeline® Silver Receiving Quality Achievement Award for implementing specific quality improvement measures outlined by the AHA for the treatment of patients who suffer severe heart attacks.
Each year in the United States, approximately 250,000 people have a severe heart attack called a STEMI, or ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction, which is caused by a complete blockage of blood flow to the heart and requires timely treatment. To prevent death, it is critical to immediately restore blood flow, either by surgically opening the blocked vessel or by giving clot-busting medication.
The AHA’s Mission: Lifeline program helps hospitals, emergency medical services and communities improve response times so people who suffer from a STEMI receive prompt, appropriate treatment. The program’s goal is to streamline systems of care to quickly get heart attack patients from the first 911 call to hospital treatment.
“We are proud to receive this award, which reflects our hospital’s commitment to providing timely, high-quality care that uses evidence-based guidelines for best practices,” said Stephen S. Mills, president and chief executive officer, NYHQ. “Our clinical staff is top-notch, and everyone here cares about doing the very best for our patients and their families.”
“New York Hospital Queens is dedicated to improving the quality of care for our patients who suffer a heart attack, and the American Heart Association’s Mission: Lifeline program is helping us accomplish that goal through internationally respected clinical guidelines,” said Chong H. Park M.D., director, Division of Cardiology and director, Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory, NYHQ. “We are pleased to be recognized for our dedication and achievements in cardiac care, and I am very proud of our team.”
“We commend New York Hospital Queens for this achievement award, which reflects a significant institutional commitment to improve the quality of care for their heart attack patients,” said A. Gray Ellrodt, M.D., chair, Mission: Lifeline committee and chief of medicine, Berkshire Medical Center in Pittsfield, Mass. “All too many heart attack patients in the United States still fail to receive appropriate treatment for their life-threatening condition within the recommended timeframes. We must all continue this important work to streamline and coordinate regional systems of care to save lives and prevent complications.
NYHQ earned the award by meeting specific criteria and standards of performance for the quick and appropriate treatment of STEMI patients to open the blocked artery. The Hospital achieved greater than an 85 percentile composite score on the eight Achievement measures, with no single measure below 75 percent.
Before patients are discharged, they 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. Eligible hospitals must adhere to these measures at a set level for a designated period to receive the awards.
This recognition is based on data from the ACTION Registry®-GWTG™, a risk-adjusted, outcomes-based quality improvement program that focuses exclusively on high-risk STEMI/NSTEMI patients, from January to December 2013. ACTION Registy-GWTG, a component of the National Cardiovascular Data Registry, helps hospitals apply AHA/American College of Cardiology clinical guideline recommendations in their facilities and provides invaluable tools to measure care and achieve quality improvement goals.
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About New York Hospital Queens
New York Hospital Queens is a member of the NewYork-Presbyterian Healthcare System and is affiliated with Weill Medical College of Cornell University. For more information on New York Hospital Queens, visit www.nyhq.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 Foundation clinical treatment guidelines. For more information, visit heart.org/missionlifeline and heart.org/quality.