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Memorial Medical Center receives awards for heart attack and stroke patient care

Posted by on Oct 5, 2017 in Cardiac Services, Neurosciences, Sutter Health Sacramento Sierra Region | 0 comments

MODESTO, CA – Sutter Health’s Memorial Medical Center (MMC) is part of an elite group of hospitals recently recognized by the American Heart Association for awards signifying a commitment to guideline adherence and quality improvement for the STEMI and NSTEMI (heart attack) patient population, and for care of patients suffering strokes.

MMC received both the Mission: Lifeline® STEMI Receiving Center GOLD Quality Achievement Award and the Mission: Lifeline® NSTEMI Bronze Quality Achievement Award for performance based on the treatment of patients who suffer severe heart attacks.*

“We are dedicated to improving the quality of care for our patients who suffer a heart attack, and the American Heart Association’s Mission: Lifeline program is helping us accomplish that goal through nationally respected clinical guidelines,” said Daryn Kumar, MMC chief executive officer. “We are pleased to be recognized for our dedication and achievements in cardiac care, and I am very proud of our team.”

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 and continuing through hospital treatment.

“We commend Memorial Medical Center for these achievement awards, which reflect a significant institutional commitment to the highest quality of care for their heart attack patients,” said James G. Jollis, MD, Chair of the Mission: Lifeline Advisory Working Group. “Achieving these awards means the hospital has met specific reporting and achievement measures for the treatment of their patients who suffer heart attacks and we applaud them for their commitment to quality and timely care.”

STEMI – the most common and deadliest heart attack. 

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.

NSTEMI​ – a different type of heart attack

Compared to the more common type of heart attack known as STEMI, an NSTEMI is typically less damaging to your heart.​

Both types, however, are damaging to heart tissue. ​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.

MMC has met specific criteria and standards of performance for the quick and appropriate treatment of STEMI and NSTEMI patients by providing emergency procedures to re-establish blood flow to blocked arteries when needed. Eligible hospitals must adhere to these measures at a set level for a designated period to receive the awards.​

Stroke Care also recognized

MMC also earned the Get With The Guidelines® – Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award and qualified for recognition on the Target: Stroke Honor Roll. This award recognizes Memorial Medical Center’s commitment and success in implementing a high standard of stroke care by ensuring that their stroke patients receive treatment that meets nationally accepted, evidence-based standards and recommendations.

*To receive STEMI Gold status, MMC had an 85% composite adherence and at least 24 consecutive months of 75% or higher compliance on all Mission: Lifeline STEMI Receiving Center quality measures to improve the quality of care for STEMI patients.

To receive the NSTEMI Bronze award, MMC achieved 85% or higher composite adherence for consecutive 90-day intervals, and 65% adherence to Dual Antiplatelet prescription at discharge to improve the quality of care for patients.

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Posted by on Oct 5, 2017 in Cardiac Services, Neurosciences, Sutter Health Sacramento Sierra Region | 0 comments