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GWV receives AHA's Mission: Lifeline Achievement Award

CONTACT: Matthew Van Stone: 570-808-3248
May 18, 2012

WILKES-BARRE, Pa. – Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center (GWV) and the Richard and Marion Pearsall Heart Hospital were recently awarded the American Heart Association’s (AHA) Mission: Lifeline® Receiving Center – Bronze Level Recognition Award. Mission: Lifeline awards medical centers for excelling within AHA guidelines for treatment of ST elevation myocardial infarctions (STEMI), or heart attacks.

“Receiving the Mission: Lifeline award is a testament to the hard work and commitment of countless individuals from EMS providers to emergency department employees to the technologists, physicians and catheterization lab professionals who treat STEMI patients,” said Thomas Isaacson, M.D., chief of cardiology, Richard and Marion Pearsall Heart Hospital.

Hospitals involved with Mission: Lifeline strive to improve care by developing systems of care that increase access to appropriate life-saving therapies such as balloon angioplasty, which re-opens blocked arteries. One of the most important criteria for the award is how quickly hospitals treat STEMI with balloon angioplasty upon a patient’s arrival at the emergency room – a statistic known as door-to-balloon time. The AHA recommends door-to-balloon times of less than 90 minutes. The average door-to-balloon time at GWV is 52.4 minutes.

The goal of the Mission: Lifeline program is to help hospitals and emergency medical services develop systems of care that follow proven standards and procedures for STEMI patients. The program works by unifying EMS providers, emergency departments and interventional cardiologists to implement AHA clinical treatment guidelines.

By being awarded the Mission: Lifeline Bronze Level Award, GWV is now eligible to apply for AHA Heart Attack Receiving Center Accreditation – a distinction held by just ten hospitals nationwide.

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