Huguley Hospital takes bronze award
Texas Health Huguley Hospital has earned the Mission: Lifeline Bronze 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.
Each year in the United States, about 250,000 people have a STEMI, or ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction, caused by a complete blockage of blood flow to the heart that requires time-sensitive treatment. To prevent loss of life, it’s critical to immediately restore blood flow, either by surgically opening the blocked vessel or by giving clot-busting medication, according to the American Heart Association.
Mission: Lifeline is a program that helps hospitals, emergency medical services and communities improve response times so people who suffer from a STEMI receive prompt, appropriate treatment. The program’s goal is to streamline systems of care to quickly get heart attack patients from the 911 call to hospital treatment.
Along with Texas Health Huguley, four additional Texas Health hospitals earned recognition:
- Gold Award: Texas Health HEB.
- Silver Plus Award: Texas Health Dallas and Texas Health Denton.
- Bronze Plus Award: Texas Health Plano.
“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 internationally respected clinical guidelines,” said Tammy Collier, chief nursing officer at Texas Health Huguley. “We are pleased to be recognized for our dedication and achievements in cardiac care, and I am very proud of the nurses and physicians on the medical staff.”
Texas Health Huguley earned the award by meeting specific criteria and standards of performance for the quick and appropriate treatment of STEMI patients to open the blocked artery. Before patients are discharged, they 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. Eligible hospitals must adhere to these measures at a set level for a designated period to receive the awards.
“We commend Texas Health Huguley for this achievement award, which reflects a significant institutional commitment to improve the quality of care for their heart attack patients,” said Dr. James G. Jollis, chair of the Mission: Lifeline Advisory Working Group.