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
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.
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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 swgeneral.com 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 heart.org.