Friday, January 4, 2019
Norman Regional Health System recently received three awards for excellence in the care of heart attack patients.
The three awards include the Mission: Lifeline® Silver Plus Receiving Quality Achievement Award and the Mission: Lifeline® NSTEMI Silver Quality Achievement Award for implementing specific quality improvement measures outlined by the American Heart Association for the treatment of patients who suffer heart attacks. The third award is American College of Cardiology’s NCDR ACTION Registry Silver Performance Achievement Award for the health system’s commitment and success in implementing a high standard of care for heart attack patients. There are only 95 hospitals nationwide to receive the award.
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 EMS 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.
Norman Regional earned the Mission: Lifeline awards 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.
Tim Henry, MD, chair of the Mission: Lifeline Acute Coronary Syndrome Subcommittee, said the committee commends Norman Regional for the award and for following evidence-based guidelines for timely heart attack treatment.
“We applaud the significant institutional commitment to their critical role in the system of care for quickly and appropriately treating heart attack patients,” Dr. Henry said.
To receive the ACTION Registry Silver Performance Achievement Award, Norman Regional has demonstrated sustained achievement in the ACTION Registry for four consecutive quarters and has performed at the top level of standards for specific performance measures. Full participation in the registry engages hospitals in a robust quality improvement process using data to drive improvements in adherence to guideline recommendations and overall quality of care provided to heart attack patients.