For Immediate Release: May 8, 2012
Contact: Nicole Williams, 303.788.5944

Swedish Medical Center Awarded Mission: Lifeline® Recognition by American Heart Association

Gold Performance Award Winner

2012 Mission Lifeline Gold American Heart Association(Englewood, CO) Swedish Medical Center has been recognized as a Gold Performance Mission: Lifeline award winner by the American Heart Association. The award recognizes our commitment and success in implementing a higher standard of care for heart attack patients that effectively improves the survival and care of STEMI (ST Elevation Myocardial Infarction) patients. "This recognition attests to the efforts of the team to provide excellent, efficient, quality care to cardiac patients in the metro area," says Paula Grassmick, Director of CV Services.

Every year, almost 250,000 people experience a STEMI type of heart attack which is the most life threatening type of heart attack. The faster the blocked artery causing the heart attack can be fixed, the smaller the amount of heart muscle will be damaged. With rapid access to emergency and hospital care, some heart attacks can be completely avoided. Mission: Lifeline seeks to save lives by closing the gaps that separate STEMI patients from timely access to appropriate treatments. Mission: Lifeline focuses on improving the system of care for these patients and at the same time improving care for all heart attack patients.

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Hospitals awarded a level of Gold Performance have demonstrated their ability to provide cardiac care at the highest level for patients with STEMI type heart attacks for at least 2 years. At a Gold Level hospital, STEMI patients as well as all heart attack patients have rapid access, skillful and timely intervention and the highest level of on-going heart care treatment following the latest American Heart Association guidelines.

Hospitals involved in Mission: Lifeline strive to improve care in both acute-treatment measures and discharge measures. Systems of care are developed that close the gap of timely access to appropriate, life-saving treatments. "At Swedish Medical Center, time, skill and a dynamic multidisciplinary heart team equals stronger hearts and better outcomes," says Dr. Ira Dauber, Swedish Interventional Cardiologist. Swedish is focused on process improvement, parallel processing, and interdisciplinary cooperation and coordination to successfully restore blood flow and minimize damage to the heart muscle, and improve patient outcomes.

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