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American Heart Association recognizes Providence for high-quality care of heart attack patients
Providence Alaska Medical Center has received an award from the American Heart Association for its treatment of heart attack patients.
— Providence received the Mission: Lifeline Bronze Receiving Quality Achievement Award, which recognizes health care facilities for their care of patients with the most severe form of heart attack, called STEMI or ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction. Currently Providence Alaska Medical Center is the only hospital in Alaska to earn this award.
According to the American Heart Association, Mission: Lifeline helps STEMI-receiving centers leverage the capabilities of emergency medical services (EMS) and non-percutaneous coronary intervention (non-PCI) hospitals for optimum treatment of STEMI patients. By working together under a shared set of guidelines and closing communication gaps about patient outcomes, the professionals within a STEMI system of care can save lives and improve the health of the communities they serve.
To achieve the Mission: Lifeline Bronze award, health care facilities must meet 85 percent or greater composite score with no single measure below 75 percent for 90 days in eight different criteria. The criteria include standards like the percentage of direct admit non-transfer STEMI patients with a door-to-device time of less than 90 minutes and the percentage of direct admit STEMI patients (arrival via emergency medical service – i.e., “ambulance” only) with a first medical contact-to-device time of less than 90 minutes. Education also plays a role; one of the criteria measures the percentage of STEMI patients who smoke receiving smoking cessation counseling at discharge.
“It’s always an honor to achieve American Heart Association recognition for our commitment to patient care,” said Richard Mandsager, MD, chief executive at Providence Alaska Medical Center. “The Mission: Lifeline Bronze award demonstrates to our community that we continue to provide the best care possible and are continuing to work hard to be even better for Alaskans.”
According to the American Heart Association, approximately 300,000 Americans experience STEMI, the deadliest form of heart attack, each year. Thirty percent of STEMI patients fail to receive percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) or thrombolytic therapy. Of those who receive PCI, only 40 percent are treated within the door-to-balloon timeframe of 90 minutes, recommended by the American Heart Association. Of those who receive thrombolytic therapy, fewer the half are treated within the recommended door-to-needle timeframe of 30 minutes. Seventy percent of those patients who aren’t eligible for thrombolytic therapy fail to receive PCI, the only other option to restore blood flow to blocked arteries.
About Providence Alaska Medical Center
Providence Alaska Medical Center is part of Providence Health & Services, a not-for-profit network of hospitals, care centers, health plans, physicians, clinics, home health services, affiliated services and educational facilities. For more information about PAMC, visit:
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 Foundation clinical treatment guidelines. For more information, visit
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