CHRISTUS St. Patrick Regional Heart Center 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 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 Regional Heart Center underwent numerous on-site reviews by accreditation specialists from the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care. Key areas in which CHRISTUS St. Patrick Regional Heart Center demonstrated exceptional quality of care to receive accreditation include:

  • Best-practice protocols in place for facilitating most timely triage, diagnosis, treatment of STEMI patients
  • Ongoing quality improvement to track and improve care and treatment of STEMI patients
  • 24/7 cath lab coverage to perform interventions on heart arteries
  • Formal relationship with EMS and other facilities who transfer their STEMI patients to CSPH
  • Robust outreach program for educating the public about primary and secondary prevention of heart attacks

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

“We’d like to thank the team that works together to make this accreditation possible. Acadian Ambulance, our ER team, our cath lab team, all the cardiologists and so many more have worked together to make this accreditation happen,” said CHRISTUS St. Patrick CEO Donald Lloyd II. “CHRISTUS St. Patrick is thoroughly committed to raising the bar in cardiac care by providing our patients with the highest quality care centered on current scientific research, thus improving the care and treatment for our patients and our community.”

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.