Scott & White Hospital - Round Rock receives American Heart Association's Mission: Lifeline® Gold Quality Achievement Award for heart attack care

- One of only 50 hospitals in the U.S. to be recognized -

ROUND ROCK, Texas – At the American Heart Association’s Annual Meeting this week in Dallas, Scott & White Hospital – Round Rock was the recipient of the AHA’s Mission: Lifeline® Gold Receiving Quality Achievement Award. The award recognizes the hospital’s dedication to and success in implementing the highest standard of care for heart attack patients.

Scott & White Hospital – Round Rock was recognized as one of only 50 hospitals in the U.S. to receive the Gold Level for Quality Achievement as an STEMI-Receiving facility. Previously, the hospital was the first in the country to receive the Mission: Lifeline recognition.

"We’ve been able to continue to progress in this achievement as a result of the hard work of a multidisciplinary team including, the Williamson County EMS, the Emergency Departments of our regional hospitals including Scott & White Taylor, Llano, and our Round Rock Emergency Department, ICU staff, cardiac catheterization laboratory staff, and our entire Cardiology Division," said Rafael E. Gonzalez, MD, interventional cardiologist and director for the Division of Cardiology at Scott & White– Round Rock.

Every year, nearly 300,000 Americans experience a STEMI, or ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction, caused by a complete blockage of blood flow to the heart that requires immediate treatment. To prevent death, it’s critical to restore blood flow, either by surgically opening the blocked vessel or by giving clot-busting medication.

Hospitals involved in Mission: Lifeline are part of a system that makes sure STEMI patients get the right care, as quickly as possible and focuses on improving the system of care for these patients while improving care for all heart attack patients.

As a "STEMI-Receiving Hospital," Scott & White Hospital – Round Rock meets the highest standards of performance in the quick and appropriate treatment of STEMI patients to open the blocked artery. Before they are discharged, patients are started on aggressive risk reduction therapies, such as cholesterol-lowering drugs, aspirin, ACE inhibitors and beta-blockers and they receive smoking cessation counseling if needed. Hospitals must adhere to these guideline-based measures at a set level for a designated period of time (24 consecutive months) to be eligible for the achievement awards.

"We’re dedicated to making our cardiac unit among the best in the nation, and the American Heart Association’s Mission: Lifeline program is helping by making it easier for our medical staff to improve the outcomes of our cardiac patients,” said Rob Watson, MD, chief medical officer, Scott & White Healthcare – Round Rock Region. "We’re honored to be recognized for our ongoing commitment to the highest quality cardiac care."

"Our approach has been that the care of these patients is initiated at their home or whenever EMS is contacted," said Angel Caldera, MD, interventional cardiologist and Vascular Medicine - Medical Director of the Catheterization Laboratory at Scott & White – Round Rock. "EMS guides the patient and their families before arriving to the scene, giving instructions of how to initiate care. EMS is also in communication with Scott & White’s hospital network so that when the patient arrives, we are ready, and waiting for them to expedite their care."

About Scott & White Healthcare – Round Rock
Scott & White Healthcare – Round Rock ( serves the residents of Williamson and Travis counties, including the Austin/Round Rock metropolitan area. Our facilities include Scott & White Hospital - Round Rock, Scott & White Emergency Hospital at Cedar Park, Scott & White Hospital – Taylor and 15 additional primary care and specialty clinic locations in Taylor, Round Rock, Pflugerville, Leander, Lago Vista, Austin, Cedar Park, Georgetown, Hutto.

About Baylor Scott & White Health
Baylor Scott & White Health is a not-for-profit health care system with total assets of $8.3 billion* and the vision and resources to offer its patients continued quality care while creating a model system for a dramatically changing health care environment. The new system includes 43 hospitals, more than 500 patient care sites, more than 6,000 active physicians, 34,000 employees and the Scott & White Health Plan.For More Information visit:

* based on unaudited fiscal year 2013 financial statements 

The leadership of Baylor Scott & White Health today unveiled the new mark for their organization.  It can be viewed online at:

Scott & White, A World of Healing

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Katherine Voss

November 20, 2013

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