CHRISTUS St. Patrick Hospital is the only facility in Louisiana to receive 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 Cardiovascular Patient Care —recognizes centers that meet or exceed quality of care measures for people experiencing the most severe type of heart attack, ST-elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI), in which blood flow is completely blocked to a portion of the heart.

CHRISTUS St. Patrick’s Regional Heart Center underwent numerous on-site reviews by accreditation specialists from the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care.

Key areas in which CSPH demonstrated exceptional quality of care to receive accreditation include:

  • Protocols are in place to triage, diagnosis and treat STEMI patients
  • On call coverage 24/7
  • Cardiac Cath lab, staff and physicians demonstrated consistent arrival times within 30 minutes
  • Interventional Cardiologists meet the ACC/AHA criteria for competency in the treatment for primary PCI

As a result, CHRISTUS St. Patrick’s Regional Heart Center will display the American Heart Association Mission: Lifeline ® Heart Attack Receiving Center Accreditation certification mark.

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