OSF Saint Francis Medical Center has been honored with the American Heart Association’s Mission: Lifeline Receiving Center Gold Plus Recognition Award.
The award applauds OSF Saint Francis’ high standard of care for heart attack patients. Hospitals must meet strict guidelines to be eligible for the award.
Each year in the United States, nearly 250,000 people have an ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) -- the most severe type of heart attack. A STEMI occurs when a blood clot completely blocks an artery to the heart. Restoring blood flow is critical and is done by opening the blocked vessel with a balloon or stent or by giving clot-busting medication.
The American College of Cardiology guideline for treating ST-elevation myocardial infarction patients is 90 minutes or less. This time at OSF Saint Francis is 49 minutes – among the fastest in the country.
“This award recognizes not only our excellent heart attack care but the collaborative efforts of all involved,” John Rashid, OSF Saint Francis interventional cardiologist and STEMI physician champion, said. “This only motivates us further to continue looking for ways to improve the cardiac care of the patients we serve.”