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04/12/2013
Medical Center of the Rockies receives American Heart Association accreditation for acute cardiac care

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 13, 2013
Medica contact: Randi Freeman | 970.237.7107 | randi.freeman@uchealth.org

Medical Center of the Rockies receives American Heart Association accreditation for acute cardiac care

Medical Center of the Rockies 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.

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

  • Established protocols that facilitate timely access to appropriate treatments, including STEMI team activation by all EMS providers prior to patient arrival.
  • Extensive data collection, showing that the average door-to-balloon times on patients presenting with a heart attack in 2012 was 42 minutes – less than half the national benchmark of 90 minutes.
  • Facility design that promotes advanced cardiac care.
  • Communication and education of multiple EMS providers and surrounding health care systems that support best practice protocols.

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

“MCR is thoroughly committed to providing our patients the highest quality cardiac care centered on current scientific research,” said Brad Oldemeyer, MD, interventional cardiologist, director of the cardiac catheterization laboratory. “The American Heart Association’s Mission: Lifeline® Heart Attack Receiving Center Accreditation has highlighted our accomplishments and will improve the overall treatment and care for our patients.”

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.

About University of Colorado Health
University of Colorado Health is a Front Range health system that delivers the highest quality patient care with the highest quality patient experience. University of Colorado Health combines Memorial Health System, Poudre Valley HospitalMedical Center of the Rockies, Colorado Health Medical Group (formerly Poudre Valley Medical Group), and University of Colorado Hospital into an organization dedicated to building a healthier community and providing unmatched patient care in the Rocky Mountain West. Separately, these institutions can continue providing superior care to patients and service to the communities they serve. Together, they push the boundaries of medicine, attracting more research funding, hosting more clinical trials and improving health through innovation. 

About the American Heart Association’s Mission: Lifeline®
Each year, hundreds of thousands of Americans have a type of heart attack known as ST-elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI), in which blood flow is completely blocked to a portion of the heart. Unless the blockage is eliminated quickly, the patient’s health and life are at serious risk. The American Heart Association launched Mission: Lifeline® in 2007 to improve systems of care for patients suffering from STEMI by eliminating the obstacles that keep patients from accessing and receiving appropriate treatment.

Mission: Lifeline® brings together healthcare resources into an efficient, synergic system to improve overall quality of care based on the latest scientific evidence and guidelines. It addresses the entire continuum of care for STEMI patients while preserving a role for the local hospital. While there is no “one-size-fits all” solution to efficiently treat STEMI patients, Mission: Lifeline® develops protocols specific to the rural or urban area and provides recommendations for community level implementation of STEMI systems of care. The Mission: Lifeline® ideal STEMI system of care is that all parties with a vested interest treating STEMI patients — from EMS providers to cardiologists, from hospital administrators to policymakers and from third-party payers to the public —share a common belief that quality and timely patient care is the top priority. There is a mutual respect for the critical role of each player in the STEMI system. Individual parties are not out to promote their self-serving interests. Rather, everyone works together to build a consensus on the ideal STEMI system for their region, considering its unique challenges. For more information about Mission: Lifeline®, visit www.heart.org/missionlifeline.

About the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care
The Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care (SCPC) is an international not-for-profit organization committed to leading the fight to eliminate heart disease as the No. 1 cause of death worldwide. SCPC focuses on transforming cardiovascular care by assisting facilities in their effort to create communities of excellence that bring together quality, cost and patient satisfaction. As the only cross-specialty organization, SCPC provides the support needed for individual hospitals and hospital systems to effectively bridge existing gaps in treatment by providing the tools, education and support necessary to successfully navigate the changing face of healthcare. For more information on SCPC, accreditation and certification opportunities, visit www.scpcp.org or call toll free 877-271-4176.

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