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MHHS recognized by American Heart Association

Posted on Tuesday, July 23, 2013 at 11:46 am

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Morristown-Hamblen Healthcare System has been recognized for successfully implementing a higher standard of care for heart attack patients through the American Heart Association’s Mission: Lifeline quality improvement program.

 MHHS, a Silver Receiving level recipient, is among 307 U.S. hospitals receiving Mission: Lifeline awards this year.

 More than 1,000 hospitals received awards for their achievements in heart, stroke and resuscitation care. All recipients are featured in a special advertisement in the August issue of US News & World Report’s “America’s Best Hospitals.”

 The Mission: Lifeline award specifically recognizes Morristown Hamblen Healthcare System’s commitment to improve the survival and care of people who suffer a STEMI — the deadliest type of heart attack in which blood flow is completely blocked to a part of the heart.

 To be eligible for the award, hospitals must follow specific performance measures at a set level for a designated period of time.

 “We are proud that the American Heart A s s o c i a t i o n / A m e r i c a n Stroke Association has chosen the ‘America’s Best Hospitals’ issue of US News & World Report to recognize Morristown Hamblen Healthcare System for our achievements in the Mission: Lifeline program,” said Gordon Lintz, “Mission: Lifeline is making it easier for our healthcare team to improve the outcomes of our heart attack patients.”

 Every year, about 250,000 Americans experience a STEMI, but many don’t receive treatment in time to restore blood flow. Hospitals involved in Mission: Lifeline collaborate in systems of care that close the gap of timely access to appropriate, lifesaving treatments.