Valley Health System Hospitals Receive Mission: Lifeline Honors for Heart Attack Care from the American Heart Association

By August 15, 2018 Press Release, Recognition

The hospitals of The Valley Health System have received Mission: Lifeline® Quality Achievement Awards for implementing specific quality improvement measures outlined by the American Heart Association for the treatment of patients who suffer severe heart attacks.

Awards were earned by meeting specific criteria and standards of performance for quick and appropriate treatment through emergency procedures to re-establish blood flow to blocked arteries in heart attack patients coming into the hospital directly or by transfer from another facility.

“Our teams use the phrase ‘time lost is heart muscle lost,’ literally and figuratively,” said Karla Perez, Regional Vice President of The Valley Health System. “They spend hours educating others, measuring outcomes, reviewing big data and seeking additional ways to provide the best heart care experience to our patients.”

As a result of their hard work, the hospitals earned the following awards:

Spring Valley Hospital received the 2018 Mission: Lifeline® STEMI Receiving Center Gold Plus Recognition Award

Centennial Hills Hospital earned the 2018 Mission: Lifeline® STEMI Receiving Center Silver Recognition Award.

Summerlin Hospital earned the 2018 Mission: Lifeline® STEMI Receiving Center Silver Recognition Award.

Valley Hospital earned the 2018 Mission: Lifeline® STEMI Receiving Center Silver Recognition Award.

Desert Springs Hospital earned the 2018 Mission: Lifeline® STEMI Receiving Center Bronze Recognition Award.

Henderson Hospital earned the 2018 Mission: Lifeline® STEMI Receiving Center Bronze Recognition Award.

Every year, more than 250,000 people experience an ST elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI), the deadliest type of heart attack, 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 American Heart Association’s Mission: Lifeline program’s goal is to reduce system barriers to prompt treatment for heart attacks, beginning with the 9-1-1 call, to EMS transport and continuing through hospital treatment and discharge. The initiative provides tools, training and other resources to support heart attack care following protocols from the most recent evidence-based treatment guidelines.

“We commend the hospitals of The Valley Health System for these awards in recognition for following evidence-based guidelines for timely heart attack treatment,” said Tim Henry, M.D., Chair of the Mission: Lifeline Acute Coronary Syndrome Subcommittee. “We applaud the significant institutional commitment to their critical role in the system of care for quickly and appropriately treating heart attack patients.”