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Ellis Hospital honored with Mission: Lifeline achievement award

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

SCHENECTADY, N.Y. — Ellis Hospital has received the Mission: Lifeline® Bronze 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.

            Every 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 and continuing through hospital treatment.

            “Ellis Hospital is dedicated to improving the quality of care for our patients who suffer a heart attack, and the American Heart Association’s Mission: Lifeline program is helping us accomplish that goal through nationally respected clinical guidelines,” said Jeffrey Winacott, senior director of cardiovascular services at Ellis Medicine. “We are pleased to be recognized for our dedication and achievements in cardiac care, and I am very proud of our team.”

            “We commend Ellis Hospital for this achievement award, which reflects a significant institutional commitment to the highest quality of care for their heart attack patients,” said James G. Jollis, MD, Chair of the Mission: Lifeline Advisory Working Group. “Achieving this award means the hospital has met specific reporting and achievement measures for the treatment of their patients who suffer heart attacks and we applaud them for their commitment to quality and timely care.”

            Ellis Hospital earned the award 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 at least one consecutive 90 day interval.

 

ABOUT ELLIS MEDICINE

Ellis Medicine is a 438-bed community and teaching healthcare system serving New York’s Capital Region. With four campuses — Ellis Hospital, McClellan Street Health Center, Bellevue Woman’s Center and Medical Center of Clifton Park — five additional service locations, 3,500 employees and more than 700 members of its medical staff, Ellis Medicine is proud to provide a lifetime of care for patients. Ellis offers an extensive array of inpatient and outpatient services — including cardiac, cancer, emergency, neuroscience, and women’s services.

Ellis Hospital, which is part of the larger Ellis Medicine system, continues to bring the latest and most promising technology and treatment options to deliver world-class cardiac services in a community hospital setting. Ellis offers sophisticated diagnostic tools, such as echocardiograms, to help doctors quickly identify and treat heart problems, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Patients continue to turn to the nationally recognized cardiac care team at Ellis for early diagnosis, advanced treatment options and integrated care.

 

About Mission: Lifeline

The American Heart Association’s Mission: Lifeline program helps hospitals and emergency medical services develop systems of care that follow proven standards and procedures for STEMI patients. The program works by mobilizing teams across the continuum of care to implement American Heart Association/American College of Cardiology Foundation clinical treatment guidelines.  For more information, visit heart.org.

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