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Geisinger Medical Center and Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center named Mission: Lifeline Receiving Centers

CONTACT: Matthew Van Stone: 570-808-3248
Sept. 10, 2013

Geisinger hospitals two of 33 in country, three in state to earn distinction

DANVILLE, Pa. – Geisinger Medical Center (GMC) and Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center (GWV), Wilkes-Barre, have received accreditation as American Heart Association Mission: Lifeline ST-elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) receiving centers. A STEMI is the most lethal form of heart attack. The facilities are two of just 33 medical centers in the entire country and only three in the state of Pennsylvania to receive this distinction, which serves to honor the highly skilled treatment of STEMI heart attacks.

A Mission: Lifeline STEMI receiving center is a hospital that has the equipment, expertise and facilities to administer percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) – a mechanical means of treating heart attack patients – to patients suffering heart attacks at other hospitals 24 hours a day, seven days a week without delay. Although PCI is the preferred means of treating STEMI patients, only 25% of hospitals in the United States are equipped to do so.

“Geisinger now has two of the state’s three Mission: Lifeline STEMI receiving centers, which reflects Geisinger’s ability to provide effective and timely care in partnership with other community hospitals to put the patients’ needs first in the critical early moments of a heart attack,” said Peter Berger, M.D., chairman, cardiology, Geisinger Health System. “Through our collaboration with local EMS providers and community hospitals, we have established a system of care in our region that is as good as any in the country. Heart attack patients in our region now benefit from some of the country’s most sophisticated cardiovascular care.”

Mission: Lifeline helps STEMI-receiving centers leverage the capabilities of emergency medical services (EMS) and non-PCI hospitals for optimum treatment of STEMI patients. By working together under a shared set of guidelines and closing communication gaps about patient outcomes, the professionals within a STEMI system of care can save lives and improve the health of the communities they serve.

GMC was awarded Mission: Lifeline Receiving Center – Bronze Level Recognition in May, and GWV received it in 2012, opening the door for the full receiving center accreditation. GMC and GWV are now the only hospitals in Pennsylvania to hold chest pain and PCI accreditation from both the American Heart Association and Society for Cardiovascular Patient Care.

About Geisinger Health System
Geisinger Health System is an integrated health services organization widely recognized for its innovative use of the electronic health record, and the development of innovative care models such as ProvenHealth Navigator® and ProvenCare®. As the nation’s largest rural health services organization, Geisinger serves more than 2.6 million residents throughout 44 counties in central and northeastern Pennsylvania. The physician-led system is comprised of more than 19,000 employees, including a 1,000-member multi-specialty group practice, six hospital campuses, two research centers and a 413,000-member health plan, all of which leverage an estimated $6.1 billion positive impact on the Pennsylvania economy. The health system and the health plan have repeatedly garnered national accolades for integration, quality and service. In addition to fulfilling its patient care mission, Geisinger has a long-standing commitment to medical education, research and community service. For more information, visit, or follow the latest Geisinger news and more on Twitter and  Facebook.

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