Two Bon Secours Hospitals Receive Quality Achievement Award in Cardiac Care

Friday, July 19, 2019

Portsmouth, Norfolk Hospitals recognized for treatment of patients suffering severe heart attacks

Bon Secours Maryview Medical Center in Portsmouth, Va. has received the 2019 Mission: Lifeline® Gold Plus Receiving Quality Achievement Award and Bon Secours DePaul Medical Center in Norfolk, Va. has received the 2019 Mission: Lifeline® Gold 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.

Maryview Medical Center’s Gold Plus status is an advanced level of recognition, according to the American Heart Association, that allows hospitals to be acknowledged for their compliance with the quality measures within the Get with the Guidelines Program 

Both Maryview Medical Center and DePaul Medical Center 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.

“We commend Maryview and DePaul for this award in recognition for following evidence-based guidelines for timely heart attack treatment,” said Paul Gaden, president, Maryview Medical Center and DePaul Medical Center. “The physician and clinical team at these hospitals display significant institutional commitment to their critical role in the system of care for quickly and appropriately treating heart attack patients.”

Every year, more than 250,000 people experience an ST elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI), the deadliest type of heart attack, caused by a blockage of blood flow to the heart that requires timely treatment. To prevent death, it’s critical to restore blood flow as quickly as possible, either by mechanically opening the blocked vessel or by providing 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 9-1-1 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. 

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 Foundation clinical treatment guidelines.  For more information, visit heart.org.