Pictured from left – Debbie Schmidt and Scott Wilsmann, of the Cardiac Catheterization Lab at Aurora BayCare Medical Center, Dr. Scott Weslow, cardiologist at Aurora BayCare Medical Center, Kaela Gedda of American Heart Association and Julie Manny, quality improvement coordinator at Aurora BayCare Medical Center.
GREEN BAY – Aurora BayCare Medical Center has received the Mission: Lifeline® Gold 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. This is the fourth time Aurora BayCare Medical Center has earned the Mission: Lifeline Award.
“Aurora BayCare Medical Center strives to continually set the standard for quality care for our patients who suffer a heart attack,” said Dr. Scott T. Weslow, cardiologist at Aurora BayCare Medical Center. “With the help of the American Heart Association’s Mission: Lifeline program we can accomplish that goal through nationally respected clinical guidelines. We are pleased to be recognized for our dedication and achievements in cardiac care, and I am very proud of our team.”
Every year, more than 250,000 people experience an ST elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) the most deadly 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 and continuing through hospital treatment. Aurora BayCare Medical Center is recognized for having an 85% composite adherence and at least 24 consecutive months of 75% or higher compliance on all Mission: Lifeline STEMI Receiving Center quality measures to improve the quality of care for STEMI patients.
In addition to receiving the Mission: Lifeline Gold Receiving award, Aurora BayCare Medical Center has also been recognized as a recipient of Mission: Lifeline’s Gold-Plus award, which recognizes the hospital has not only reached an achievement score of 75 percent or greater on all Mission: Lifeline Receiving Center Quality Measures, but also for achieving at least a 75 percent achievement on First Door to Device time under 120 minutes for STEMI transfer patients from other facilities. In previous years, Aurora BayCare has earned a Bronze level award in 2012 and 2014, as well as a Silver level award in 2015.
Aurora BayCare Medical Center earned the award four times by meeting specific criteria and standards of performance for the quick and appropriate treatment of STEMI patients by providing emergency procedures to re-establish blood flow to blocked arteries when needed. Eligible hospitals must adhere to these measures at a set level for a designated period to receive the awards.