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Sky Ridge Medical Center Honored with Mission: Lifeline Quality Achievement Award

Sky Ridge Medical Center July 22, 2014

Lone Tree, CO — Sky Ridge Medical Center has received the Mission: Lifeline® Silver Receiving Quality Achievement Award for implementing specific quality improvement measures outlined by the American Heart Association for the treatment of patients who suffer severe heart attacks.

Each year in the United States, approximately 250,000 people have a STEMI, or ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction, caused by a complete blockage of blood flow to the heart that requires timely treatment. To prevent death, it’s critical to immediately restore blood flow, either by surgically opening the blocked vessel or by giving clot-busting medication.

The American Heart Association’s Mission: Lifeline program helps hospitals, emergency medical services and communities improve response times so people who suffer from a STEMI receive prompt, appropriate treatment. The program’s goal is to streamline systems of care to quickly get heart attack patients from the first 9-1-1 call to hospital treatment.

“We are pleased to be recognized for our dedication and achievements in cardiac care, and I am very proud of our team.”

"Sky Ridge Medical Center is dedicated to improving the quality of care for our patients who suffer a heart attack, and the American Heart Association’s Mission: Lifeline program is helping us accomplish that goal through internationally respected clinical guidelines,” said DJ Sasso, AVP of Cardiovascular Services and Neurosciences. “We are pleased to be recognized for our dedication and achievements in cardiac care, and I am very proud of our team.”

“We commend Sky Ridge Medical Center for this achievement award, which reflects a significant institutional commitment to improve the quality of care for their heart attack patients,” said A. Gray Ellrodt, MD, Chair of the Mission: Lifeline committee and Chief of Medicine at the Berkshire Medical Center in Pittsfield, Mass. “All too many heart attack patients in the United States still fail to receive appropriate treatment for their life-threatening condition within the recommended timeframes. We must all continue this important work to streamline and coordinate regional systems of care to save lives and prevent complications.

Sky Ridge earned the award by meeting specific criteria and standards of performance for the quick and appropriate treatment of STEMI patients to open the blocked artery. Before patients are discharged, they are started on aggressive risk reduction therapies such as cholesterol-lowering drugs, aspirin, ACE inhibitors and beta-blockers, and they receive smoking cessation counseling if needed. Eligible hospitals must adhere to these measures at a set level for a designated period to receive the awards.


About Sky Ridge Medical Center

As Douglas County, Colorado’s first hospital, Sky Ridge Medical Center opened on August 20, 2003 and has since become a destination center for healthcare, providing a depth and breadth of quality services and advanced treatment options to the region. Sky Ridge has earned not only quality designations from the Joint Commission and other governing bodies but has earned high marks for patient satisfaction. Sky Ridge Medical Center is a member of the HealthONE system of excellence, which includes seven hospitals; three surgery centers; more than 30 occupational medicine/rehabilitation, specialty clinics; and AirLife, which provides critical care air and ground transportation for the HealthONE system. More information can be found online.


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 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/missionlifeline and heart.org/quality.

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