OSF SAINT FRANCIS MEDICAL CENTER RECEIVES
AWARD FOR HEART ATTACK CARE
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Stacy Campbell / Community Relations Coordinator 309.655.2321
(Peoria, IL / June 27, 2016) – OSF Saint Francis Medical Center has received the American Heart Association’s Mission: Lifeline® Receiving Center Gold Plus Recognition Award. The award recognizes OSF Saint Francis’ commitment and success in implementing the highest standard of care for heart attack patients. Hospitals must adhere to strict guideline-based measures to be eligible for the award.
Each year in the United States, nearly 250,000 people have a STEMI, or ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction, the most severe form of heart attack. A STEMI occurs when a blood clot completely blocks an
artery to the heart. To prevent death, it’s critical to immediately restore blood flow, either by opening the blocked vessel with a balloon or stent or by giving clot-busting medication.
The current guideline for door-to-balloon time for ST-elevation myocardial infarction patients from the American College of Cardiology is a median time of 90 minutes or less. The median time at OSF Saint Francis is 49 minutes – among the best in the country.
“This award recognizes not only our excellent heart attack care but the collaborative efforts of all involved,” says John Rashid, MD, interventional cardiologist and STEMI physician champion at OSF Saint Francis. “This only motivates us further to continue looking for ways to improve the cardiac care of the patients we serve.”
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