Nanticoke Memorial Hospital received the 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.

Every year, more than 250,000 people experience an ST elevation myocardial infarction, the deadliest type of heart attack, caused by a blockage of blood flow to the heart that requires timely treatment, according to a July 1 press release. To prevent death, it’s critical to restore blood flow as quickly as possible, either by mechanically opening the blocked vessel or by administering 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 911 call, to emergency medical services transport and continuing through hospital treatment and discharge. The initiative provides tools, training and other resources to support heart attack care following protocols from the most recent evidence-based treatment guidelines.

Nanticoke earned the award by meeting specific criteria and standards of performance for quick and appropriate treatment through emergency procedures to re-establish blood flow to blocked arteries in heart attack patients coming into the hospital directly or by transfer from another facility.

“Nanticoke Memorial Hospital is dedicated to providing optimal care for heart attack patients,” said Steve Rose, president and CEO of Nanticoke Health Services. “We are pleased to be recognized for our dedication and achievements in cardiac care through Mission: Lifeline.”

For more, visit nanticoke.org/cardiology.