Lenox Hill Hospital EMS Honored For Successfully Treating the Most Dangerous Type of Heart Attack

NEW YORK, NY – Lenox Hill Hospital has received the American Heart Association’s (AHA) Mission Lifeline EMS Bronze Award for improving the clinical outcomes and quality of life for individuals experiencing severe heart attacks.  The award is given to emergency response teams who are able to rapidly identify the most dangerous type of heart attack, promptly notify the destination center and trigger an early response from the awaiting hospital personnel.

ST-Elevation Myocardial Infarction (STEMI) is the most dangerous type of heart attack and   affects more than 250,000 people annually. It is caused by a complete blockage of blood flow to the heart and can be lethal is not treated immediately. To prevent death, blood flow must be restored as quickly as possible, either surgically or through clot-busting medication.

Recipients of the American Heart Association’s award are recognized for implementing important improvement measures to enhance the quality of care for STEMI patients. These measures include timely patient access, rapid STEMI identification and appropriate treatments. First responders play a vital role in the care of heart attack patients, as they are responsible for swiftly activating the life-saving emergency response system.

“We are extremely proud to be recognized by the American Heart Association for our commitment to enhancing quality of care for STEMI patients,” said Paul M. Power, Assistant Director of Operations at the Center for Emergency Medical Services of the North Shore-LIJ Health System. “Our team of first responders and hospital providers involved in that care is a well-oiled machine that is committed to saving lives.”

About Lenox Hill Hospital

Lenox Hill Hospital, a member of the North Shore-LIJ Health System, is a 652-bed, fully accredited, acute care hospital located on Manhattan’s Upper East Side with a national reputation for outstanding patient care and innovative medical and surgical treatments. US News & World Report has ranked the hospital among the nation’s top 50 in Cardiology and Heart Surgery and among the top 10 hospitals in the state of New York with a total of 11 “high performing” designations for its clinical performance in Cancer, Diabetes & Endocrinology, Ear, Nose & Throat, Gastroenterology & GI Surgery, Geriatrics, Gynecology, Nephrology, Neurology & Neurosurgery, Orthopedics, Pulmonology and Urology.

For more information, go to www.lenoxhillhospital.org.

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 clinical treatment guidelines.  For more information, visit heart.org/missionlifeline and heart.org/quality

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