Scott & White Hospital - Temple Receives American Heart Association Accreditation for Heart Attack Treatment

CENTRAL TEXAS  – February is Heart Month and Scott & White Hospital – Temple has received the American Heart Association’s Mission: Lifeline® Heart Attack Receiving Center Accreditation. The accreditation program — sponsored by the American Heart Association and the Society of Chest Pain Centers —recognizes centers that meet or exceed quality of care measures for patients experiencing the most severe type of heart attack called a ST-elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI), in which blood flow is completely blocked to a portion of the heart.

Scott & White Hospital - Temple underwent numerous on-site reviews by accreditation specialists from the Society of Chest Pain Centers. Key areas in which Scott & White Hospital - Temple demonstrated exceptional quality of care to receive accreditation include:

  • Risk of death for patients having this type of heart attack at Scott & White Hospital – Temple is lower than the national average risk of death
  • Time required for transfer to Scott & White from another hospital for the emergency treatment of this type of heart attack is significantly shorter than the national average
  • Scott & White Hospital – Temple has received the gold level performance award from the AHA for patient care outcomes in the treatment of these heart attacks.

As a result, Scott & White Hospital - Temple will display the American Heart Association Mission: Lifeline ® Heart Attack Receiving Center Accreditation certification mark.

"Scott & White Hospital - Temple is committed to providing our patients the highest quality cardiac care centered on current robust and scientific research," said D. Scott Gantt, D.O., chief, section of interventional cardiology at Scott & White Hospital – Temple and Professor of Medicine at Texas A&M Health Science Center College of Medicine. "The American Heart Association’s Mission: Lifeline® Heart Attack Receiving Center Accreditation has highlighted our accomplishments and may improve the overall treatment and care for our patients."

Through its accreditation program, the American Heart Association hopes to significantly reduce cardiac death by teaching the public to recognize and react to early symptoms of a heart attack, reduce the time it takes to receive lifesaving treatment and increase the accuracy and effectiveness of treatment administered.

The American Heart Association’s overall goal for Mission: Lifeline® Heart Attack Receiving Center Accreditation is to significantly reduce cardiac death in patients by teaching the public to recognize and react to early symptoms of a heart attack, reduce the time it takes to receive life-saving treatment and increase the accuracy and effectiveness of treatment administered.

For more information on the American Heart Association Mission: Lifeline® Heart Attack Receiving Center Accreditation, visit www.heart.org/missionlifeline or www.scpcp.org.

About the American Heart Association’s Mission: Lifeline®
Each year, hundreds of thousands of Americans have a type of heart attack known as ST-elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI), in which blood flow is completely blocked to a portion of the heart. Unless the blockage is eliminated quickly, the patient’s health and life are at serious risk. The American Heart Association launched Mission: Lifeline® in 2007 to improve systems of care for patients suffering from STEMI by eliminating the obstacles that keep patients from accessing and receiving appropriate treatment.

Mission: Lifeline® brings together healthcare resources into an efficient, synergic system to improve overall quality of care based on the latest scientific evidence and guidelines. It addresses the entire continuum of care for STEMI patients while preserving a role for the local hospital.  While there is no “one-size-fits all” solution to efficiently treat STEMI patients, Mission: Lifeline® develops protocols specific to the rural or urban area and provides recommendations for community level implementation of STEMI systems of care. The Mission: Lifeline® ideal STEMI system of care is that all parties with a vested interest treating STEMI patients — from EMS providers to cardiologists, from hospital administrators to policymakers and from third-party payers to the public —share a common belief that quality and timely patient care is the top priority. There is a mutual respect for the critical role of each player in the STEMI system. Individual parties are not out to promote their self-serving interests. Rather, everyone works together to build a consensus on the ideal STEMI system for their region, considering its unique challenges. For more information about Mission: Lifeline®, visit www.heart.org/missionlifeline.

About the Society of Chest Pain Centers
The Society of Chest Pain Centers (SCPC) is an international not-for-profit organization committed to leading the fight to eliminate heart disease as the No. 1 cause of death worldwide. SCPC focuses on transforming cardiovascular care by assisting facilities in their effort to create communities of excellence that bring together quality, cost and patient satisfaction. As the only cross-specialty organization, SCPC provides the support needed for individual hospitals and hospital systems to effectively bridge existing gaps in treatment by providing the tools, education and support necessary to successfully navigate the changing face of healthcare. For more information on SCPC, accreditation and certification opportunities, visit www.scpcp.org or call toll free (877) 271-4176.

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For more information, contact:

Katherine Voss
Media and Public Relations
Scott & White Healthcare
kvoss@swmail.sw.org

February 20, 2012


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