Lenox Hill Hospital Honored For Rapidly & Efficiently Treating the Most Dangerous Type of Heart Attack

Lenox Hill Hospital has received the American Heart Association’s (AHA) Mission: Lifeline EMS Silver Level Recognition Award for improving survival and quality of life for patients experiencing the most dangerous type of heart attack, known as STEMI. The silver-level recognition is reserved for EMS crews that have achieved success rates of at least 75% on each of AHA’s achievement measures, including timely patient access, rapid STEMI identification and appropriate treatments. Lenox Hill Hospital EMS surpassed the minimal requirements, attaining scores of around 90% on each of the criterions. In 2015, Lenox Hill Hospital was honored with the bronze-level award.

“We are extremely honored to be recognized by the American Heart Association for our dedication to enhancing quality of care for STEMI patients,” said Craig Smith, Regional Director, Emergency Medical Services, Northwell Health. “Our first responders play a vital role in the care of STEMI patients, as they are responsible for swiftly activating the life-saving emergency response system.”

ST-Elevation Myocardial Infarction (STEMI) is the most dangerous type of heart attack and affects a quarter of a million Americans each year. It is caused by complete blockage of blood flow to the heart and can be fatal is not immediately treated. To prevent death, blood flow must be restored as quickly as possible, either surgically or through clot-busting medication.

Recipients of the award are recognized for implementing important improvement measures to enhance the quality of care for STEMI patients. The award is presented to emergency response teams who are able to quickly identify these acute heart attacks, promptly notify the destination center and trigger an early response from the awaiting hospital personnel. Lenox Hill Hospital provides its emergency response team with the vital tools and training to help enhance the care and clinical outcomes of these types of patients by delivering education in STEMI identification, providing access to 12 lead ECG machines and developing protocols derived from ACC/AHA STEMI guidelines.


About Lenox Hill Hospital

Lenox Hill Hospital, a member of Northwell Health, 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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