Hendrick Health System earns multiple awards for cardiac and stroke care

07/19/2019




Mission: Lifeline Awards Hendrick Health System was recognized today during a special presentation for outstanding quality achievement in cardiac and stroke care. The 2019 recognitions include the Mission: Lifeline® Silver Receiving Quality Achievement Award, the Mission: Lifeline® NSTEMI Silver Quality Achievement Award and American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines® Target: Stroke Honor Roll Elite Plus Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award.

“We are proud to work for an organization that is committed to providing quality care to our community,” said Martee Tebow, AMI program coordinator at Hendrick Health System. “Achieving these awards affirms our organization’s commitment to being the leading healthcare provider in the region.” 


Mission: Lifeline Silver Receiving Achievement Award
Hendrick Health System received Mission: Lifeline® Silver Receiving Quality Achievement Award for implementing specific quality improvement measures 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 clot-busting medication. 

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, to EMS transport and continuing through hospital treatment and discharge.

Mission: Lifeline® NSTEMI Silver Quality Achievement Award 
Hendrick earned the Mission: Lifeline® NSTEMI Silver Quality Achievement Award by meeting specific criteria and standards of performance for the quick and appropriate treatment of Non-ST-elevation myocardial infarction (NSTEMI) heart attack patients by providing emergency procedures to re-establish blood flow to blocked arteries, when needed.

“We commend Hendrick Health System for this award in recognition for following evidence-based guidelines for timely heart attack treatment,” said Dr. Tim Henry, Chair of the Mission: Lifeline Acute Coronary Syndrome Subcommittee. “We applaud the significant institutional commitment to their critical role in the system of care for quickly and appropriately treating heart attack patients.”

American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines® Target: Stroke Honor Roll Elite Plus Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award
Get With The Guidelines® Target: Stroke Honor Roll Elite Plus Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award recognizes Hendrick Health System’s commitment to ensuring stroke patients receive the most appropriate treatment according to nationally recognized, research-based guidelines based on the latest scientific evidence.

Hendrick met specific quality achievement measures for the diagnosis and treatment of stroke patients at a set level for a designated period. These measures include evaluation of the proper use of medications and other stroke treatments aligned with the most up-to-date, evidence-based guidelines with the goal of speeding recovery and reducing death and disability for stroke patients. Before discharge, patients should also receive education on managing their health, get a follow-up visit scheduled, as well as other care transition interventions.

“This recognition was possible because of the hard work and dedication of the healthcare team at Hendrick who provide excellent care every day to patients of Abilene and the surrounding communities,” said Lisa Haley, stroke coordinator at Hendrick Health System. “Most of us went into healthcare because of the words ‘health’ and ‘care.’  When we work together caring for patients, we sometimes get recognized. We appreciate the American Heart Association for recognizing us for doing what we love.” 

Additionally, Hendrick Health System received the association’s Target: StrokeSM Elite Plus award. To qualify for this recognition, hospitals must meet quality measures developed to reduce the time between the patients’ arrival at the hospital and treatment with the clot-buster tissue plasminogen activator, or tPA, the only drug approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to treat ischemic stroke.

According to the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association, stroke is the fifth cause of death and a leading cause of adult disability in the United States. On average, someone in the U.S. suffers a stroke every 40 seconds, and approximately 795,000 people suffer a new or recurrent stroke each year.


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