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High Point Regional Health qualifies for second consecutive year - American Heart Association's Mission: Lifeline Gold Level Performance Achievement Award for Heart Attack Care


High Point, NC - High Point Regional Health received the Gold Level Performance Achievement Award from the American Heart Association's 2013 Mission: Lifeline program for heart attack care. This is the second consecutive year the American Heart Association has recognized High Point Regional for this prestigious designation.

This award recognizes High Point Regional's commitment and success in implementing a higher standard of care for heart attack patients that effectively improves the survival and care of STEMI (ST Elevation Myocardial Infarction) patients. The Gold Level Recognition Award is the Mission: Lifeline® program's highest honor.

Every year in the United States, almost 250,000 people experience the STEMI type of heart attack - the deadliest heart attack type. A significant number of those who suffer this attack do not receive prompt reperfusion therapy, which is critical in restoring blood flow. Mission: Lifeline seeks to save lives by closing the gaps that separate STEMI patients from timely access to appropriate treatments. Mission: Lifeline focuses on improving the system of care for these patients and at the same time improving care for all heart attack patients.

"I am so proud of our dedicated team of professionals; including High Point Regional physicians, Carolina Cardiology Cornerstone cardiologists, Cardiac Catheterization Lab and Emergency Department staff, our nurses and technical staff along with our Emergency Medical Services partners, who earned this award by working together to provide the highest quality care in the critical minutes after a heart attack," said Kurt Daniel, DO, cardiologist at High Point Regional. "We are committed to implementing the highest quality of care for our heart attack patients to improve outcomes and save lives."

Hospitals involved in Mission: Lifeline meet high standards of performance in quick and appropriate treatment of STEMI patients in the Emergency Department and the Cardiac Catheterization labs as well as during hospitalization. Systems of care are developed that close the gap of timely access to appropriate, life-saving treatments. Before they are discharged, appropriate patients are started on aggressive risk reduction therapies such as cholesterol-lowering drugs, aspirin, ACE inhibitors and beta-blockers in the hospital and receive smoking cessation counseling.

Hospitals that receive the Mission: Lifeline Gold Performance Achievement Award have demonstrated for 24 consecutive days that at least 85 percent of eligible STEMI patients (without contraindications) are treated within specific time frames upon entering the hospital and discharged following the American Heart Association's recommended treatment guidelines.

"High Point Regional is dedicated to providing the highest level of cardiac care for our patients," said Jeffrey S. Miller, president, High Point Regional. "The American Heart Association's Mission: Lifeline program helps us accomplish our goals toward effectively improving survival and care of our STEMI patients. We are proud to be recognized for our performance and achievements in cardiac care."

About High Point Regional
High Point Regional Health, a member of UNC Health Care, is a private, not-for-profit health care organization with more than 2,300 staff. High Point Regional offers 351 private beds for medical and surgical patients serving over 120,000 patients each year. High Point Regional has its foundation in six primary service areas: Carolina Regional Heart Center, The Hayworth Cancer Center, The Neuroscience Center, The Esther R. Culp Women's Center, The Emergency Center and The Piedmont Joint Replacement Center.

High Point Regional's mission is to provide exceptional health services to the people of this region. For more information, visit HighPointRegional.com.

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 clinical treatment guidelines.  For more information, visit heart.org/missionlifeline. and heart.org/quality.

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