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Geisinger Medical Center receives Mission: Lifeline Performance Achievement Award

CONTACT:   Mike Ferlazzo: 570-214-7410
Nov. 13, 2013

Danville hospital one of 309 in country, 12 in state to earn distinction

DANVILLE, Pa. – On Monday, Oct. 28, officials from Geisinger Medical Center (GMC) received the American Heart Association’s (AHA) Mission: Lifeline Performance Achievement Award. GMC is one of 309 hospitals nationwide and 12 in the state to receive this award.

Earlier this year, GMC became accredited as an AHA ST-elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) receiving center. A STEMI is the most lethal form of heart attack. GMC is one 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 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.

The Performance Achievement Award is given to hospitals that achieve at least 85 percent adherence to STEMI Receiving Center performance indicators and at least 75 percent compliance with quality measures. For GMC, these measures included 87 percent of pre-hospital STEMI patients receiving an electrocardiogram (ECG) compared to 64 percent nationwide and 100 percent of non-transfer patients receiving PCI within 90 minutes. GMC averaged a 74-minute time.
GMC and Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center in Wilkes-Barre 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.












From left: Jeffrey Tiesi, vice president, Geisinger Heart and Vascular Institute; Alex Kuhn,
senior director, American Heart Association’s Mission: Lifeline; James Blankenship, M.D.,
director, cardiology, GMC; Cinde Bower-Stout, level I heart attack coordinator, GMC; and
Peter Berger, M.D., chairman, cardiology, Geisinger Health System with the American Heart
Association Mission: Lifeline Performance Achievement Award.

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