AdventHealth Shawnee Mission Receives American Heart Association Accreditation for Acute Cardiac Care

Merriam, KS – AdventHealth Shawnee Mission has received the American Heart Association’s Mission: Lifeline® Heart Attack Receiving Center Accreditation. The accreditation program — provided by the American Heart Association — 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. The accreditation identifies health care facilities that meet specific criteria for lifesaving heart attack treatments that restore blood flow.

In addition to receiving the accreditation, AdventHealth Shawnee Mission earned the Mission: Lifeline® Gold Plus Receiving Quality Achievement Award and the Mission: Lifeline® NSTEMI Silver Quality Achievement Award for implementing specific quality improvement measures outlined by the American Heart Association for the treatment of patients who suffer heart attacks.

“AdventHealth Shawnee Mission is committed to providing our patients the highest quality cardiac care centered on current scientific research, in addition to our whole-person care approach of treating body, mind and spirit.” said Vickie Franck, executive director of heart and vascular services for AdventHealth Shawnee Mission. “The American Heart Association’s Mission: Lifeline® Heart Attack Receiving Center Accreditation and Achievement Awards highlight our accomplishments as we strive to improve the overall treatment and care for our heart attack patients.”

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. The Mission: Lifeline program’s goal is to reduce system barriers to prompt treatment for heart attacks, beginning with the 9-1-1 call, to EMS transport and continuing through hospital treatment and discharge. The initiative provides tools, training and other resources to support heart attack care following protocols from the most recent evidence-based treatment guidelines.

AdventHealth Shawnee Mission underwent reviews by accreditation specialists from the American Heart Association.

For more information on the American Heart Association Mission: Lifeline® Heart Attack Receiving Center Accreditation and Achievement awards, visit  www.heart.org/missionlifeline or www.heart.org/accreditation.

About the American Heart Association’s 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 heart.org.