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St. Luke's recognized for life-saving heart care


Sioux City, IA--UnityPoint Health – St. Luke’s Cardiology Services has received the Mission: Lifeline® Gold Receiving Quality Achievement Award and Mission: Lifeline NSTEMI Silver Quality Achievement Award for implementing specific quality measures outlined by the American Heart Association for the treatment of patients who suffer 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 American Heart Association’s Mission: Lifeline program’s goal is to reduce system barriers to prompt treatment for heart attacks, beginning with the 9-1-1 call and continuing through hospital treatment. St. Luke’s received the Gold Achievement Award for having a 85% composite adherence and at least 24 consecutive months of 75% or higher compliance on all Mission: Lifeline STEMI Receiving Center quality measures to improve the quality of care for STEMI patients. The hospital also received the Silver Achievement Award for the quick and appropriate treatment of NSTEMI patients by adhering to quality measures for 12 consecutive months.  

Eligible hospitals must adhere to these measures at a set level for a designated period to receive the awards.