by Amy Alderman
Walla Walla, Wash., November 5, 2014 - Walla Walla General Hospital received the Mission: Lifeline” Bronze Referring 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.
“We are proud to be recognized for our dedication and achievements in providing team-centered cardiac care to our community,” said Monty Knittel, WWGH President and CEO. This award demonstrates the hospital’s commitment to provide consistent, high-quality care for patients.
In the United States, 250,000 people a year suffer a STEMI or ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction, caused by a complete blockage of blood flow to the heard that requires timely treatment. To prevent death, it is critical to immediately restore blood flow either surgically or through medication.
The Mission: Lifeline program encourages the improvement of response times for those who suffer from a STEMI to receive prompt, appropriate treatment. The program’s goal is to streamline systems of care to quickly get heart attack patients from the first 9-1-1 call to hospital treatment.
WWGH earned the award by meeting specific criteria and standards of performance for promptly diagnosing STEMI patients and transferring them to hospitals that provide artery-opening procedures as needed. Eligible hospitals must adhere to these measures at a set level for a designated period of time to receive the awards.
WWGH is part of Adventist Health, a faith-based, not-for-profit integrated health care delivery system serving communities in California, Hawaii, Oregon and Washington.