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Memorial Hermann Heart & Vascular Institute-Texas Medical Center Awarded Mission: Lifeline STEMI Receiving Center Gold Award for Second Consecutive Year

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Memorial Hermann Heart & Vascular Institute-Texas Medical Center has been awarded the prestigious Mission: Lifeline STEMI Receiving Center Gold Award for the second year in a row. The award, presented by the American Heart Association, recognizes the Institute’s success in implementing the highest standard of care for heart attack patients.

ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction, or STEMI, is the deadliest form of heart attack. Percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) capable hospitals participating in Mission: Lifeline are referred to as STEMI Receiving Centers and are evaluated on eight performance achievement measures, including the percentage of STEMI patients who received PCI within 90 minutes of first medical contact, a metric that involves collaboration with the EMS agencies that deliver patients to the hospital. To receive an award, the hospital must achieve 85 percent or higher composite adherence on these measures, with no single measure below 75 percent over a number of consecutive months. Gold is the highest award level, recognizing two consecutive years of achieving these standards.

“The fact that Memorial Hermann Heart & Vascular Institute-TMC has been awarded a second consecutive Mission: Lifeline STEMI Receiving Center Gold Award is particularly commendable given that the Mission: Lifeline hospital recognition program has only been around since 2010,” said Nicole Sonnier, vice president of development, Heart Walk, American Heart Association and American Stroke Association.

“Our employees and physician partners work relentlessly to improve the outcomes of our cardiac patients, and we are always looking for new ways to reduce morbidity and mortality and improve overall quality of care,” said Paul O’Sullivan, chief executive officer of the Institute. “This award is an incredible honor and we are proud to be recognized by the American Heart Association and the Mission: Lifeline program.”

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