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Southwest General Honored With Mission: Lifeline® Achievement Award




Caroline Fienga

Public Relations Specialist

440-816-6723 (office)

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Southwest General Honored With Mission: Lifeline® Achievement Award


Middleburg Hts., OH (Wednesday, Aug. 2, 2017) – Southwest General has received the Mission: Lifeline® Gold Receiving Quality Achievement Award from the American Heart Association. The award recognizes the hospital’s successful implementation of quality improvement measures as outlined by the American Heart Association for the treatment of patients who suffer severe heart attacks. 

Each 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 and continuing through hospital treatment. Southwest General is recognized for having an 85 percent composite adherence, and at least 24 consecutive months of 75 percent or higher compliance, on all Mission: Lifeline STEMI Receiving Center quality measures to improve the quality of care for STEMI patients. 

“Southwest General 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 to accomplish this goal through nationally respected clinical guidelines,” said William A. Young, Jr., president and chief executive officer, Southwest General. “We are pleased to be recognized for our dedication and achievements in cardiac care, and I am very proud of our team.” 

In addition to receiving the Mission: Lifeline Gold Receiving award, Southwest General also has been recognized as a recipient of Mission: Lifeline’s Gold-Plus award, which recognizes the hospital for not only reaching an achievement score of 75 percent or greater on all Mission: Lifeline Receiving Center Quality Measures but also reaching at least a 75 percent achievement on First Door to Device-Time in under 120 minutes for STEMI transfer patients from other facilities. 

“We commend Southwest General for this achievement award, which reflects a significant institutional commitment to the highest quality of care for their heart attack patients,” said James G. Jollis, MD, chair, Mission: Lifeline Advisory Working Group. “Achieving this award means the hospital has met specific reporting and achievement measures for the treatment of their patients who suffer heart attacks, and we applaud them for their commitment to quality and timely care.” 

Southwest General earned the award by meeting specific criteria and standards of performance for the quick and appropriate treatment of STEMI patients by providing emergency procedures to re-establish blood flow to blocked arteries when needed. Eligible hospitals must adhere to these measures at a set level for a designated period to receive the awards.

For more information, or to speak with a hospital representative, contact Caroline Fienga, interactive media and public relations specialist, at or 440-816-6723. 

About Southwest General
Southwest General is a private, not-for-profit, 350-bed acute care facility located in Middleburg Heights, Ohio. Founded in 1920, Southwest General is home to nationally recognized physicians with full access to state-of-the-art technology. Southwest General has a deep commitment to providing personalized care and building a healthy future for the patients, families and communities it serves. For more information, visit or find Southwest General on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. 


About Mission: Lifeline

The American Heart Association’s Mission: Lifeline program helps hospitals and emergency medical services develop systems of care, which 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