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Navicent Health EMS Awarded American Heart Associations Mission Lifeline Award

Local EMS Recognized for Timely Care for Those Experiencing Heart Attack

Atrium Health Navicent Emergency Medical Services (EMS) has received the American Heart Association's Mission: Lifeline® EMS Silver Award for implementing quality improvement measures for the treatment of patients who experience severe heart attacks.

Every year, more than 250,000 people experience an ST elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) the deadliest type of heart attack caused by a blockage of blood flow to the heart that requires timely treatment. To prevent death, it's critical to restore blood flow as quickly as possible, either by mechanically opening the blocked vessel or by providing clot-busting medication. The Mission: Lifeline initiative provides tools, training and other resources to support heart attack care following protocols from the most recent evidence-based treatment guidelines.

"People in our region are at increased risk for heart attack, and Atrium Health Navicent EMS is well prepared to respond to these situations. Our teams are dedicated to providing the highest quality of care for heart attack patients by utilizing the Mission Lifeline initiative. I'm pleased that our EMS teams have been recognized for their dedication to patients and achievements in the field," said Jason Brady, Director of Atrium Health Navicent EMS.

Mission: Lifeline's EMS recognition program recognizes emergency medical services for their efforts in improving systems of care to rapidly identify suspected heart attack patients, promptly notify the medical center and trigger an early response from the awaiting hospital personnel. Atrium Health Navicent EMS work closely with Atrium Health Navicent hospitals - including The Medical Center in Macon, Atrium Health Navicent Baldwin in Milledgeville, and Medical Center of Peach County in Byron - to communicate with emergency center staff, ensuring the highest care is provided in the field, en route to the hospital, and as soon as the patient arrives at the medical facility.

"EMTs and paramedics play a vital part in the system of care for those who have heart attacks," said Tim Henry, M.D., Chair of the Mission: Lifeline Acute Coronary Syndrome Subcommittee. "Since they often are the first medical point of contact, they can save precious minutes of treatment time by activating the emergency response system that alerts hospitals to an incoming heart attack patient. We applaud Atrium Health Navicent EMS for achieving this award in following evidence-based guidelines in the treatment of people who have severe heart attacks."

About 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 acute coronary syndrome patients. The program works by mobilizing teams across the continuum of care to implement American Heart Association/American College of Cardiology clinical treatment guidelines. For more information, visit heart.org.

About Atrium Health Navicent

Atrium Health Navicent, the leading provider of healthcare in central and south Georgia, is committed to its mission of elevating health and wellbeing through compassionate care. Providing more than 1,000 beds and offering care in 53 specialties at more than 50 facilities throughout the region, Atrium Health Navicent provides care for healthcare consumers' through an academic medical center; community, pediatric and rehabilitation hospitals; urgent care centers; physician practices; diagnostic centers; home health; hospice and palliative care; and a life plan community. Atrium Health Navicent is dedicated enhancing health and wellness for individuals throughout the region through nationally-recognized quality care, community health initiatives and collaborative partnerships. For more information, please visit www.navicenthealth.org.


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