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