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Adena recognized as STEMI receiving center

February 21, 2012

Submitted by Adena Health System

CHILLICOTHE – The Adena Medical Center has been accredited as a Heart Attack Receiving Center by the American Heart Association’s “Mission: Lifeline.”

The accreditation is part of a program sponsored by the American Heart Association and the Society of Chest Pain Centers, and recognizes the medical center for meeting or exceeding quality of care measures for people experiencing STEMI heart attacks.

“As a Heart Attack Receiving Center, Adena is recognized for having high quality processes in place along with highly trained staff to manage the heart needs of STEMI patients, while improving their outcomes and quality of life,” said Jerry Tapp, Cardiology Program Director at Adena.

STEMI is a severe heart attack caused by a prolonged period of blocked blood supply that affects a large area of the heart, which carries a substantial risk of death and disability.

“The accreditation also demonstrates that Adena is qualified to treat heart attack patients not only within the Adena Health System, but patients coming from outside facilities in the region,” Tapp said.

“As part of our commitment to provide the best possible care to patients, we are constantly reviewing our quality of care in a quest to do even better,” said Dr. John Young, Cardiologist and Division Chair of Adena’s Cardiovascular Services.

Between 2010 and 2011, for example, the average time from when a heart attack patient arrived in the Emergency Department of the Adena Medical Center until he or she received balloon angioplasty was an average 62 minutes.

To help put that in perspective, the “door-to-balloon” time in 2010 was 81 minutes at the medical center. Medical researchers, meanwhile, recommend balloon angioplasties be performed at least within 90 minutes – the time required to avoid heart muscle damage.

“From the point of view of most cardiovascular physicians, the sooner a patient receives angioplasty, the better the outcome,” Young said.

Using angioplasty, a collapsed balloon is inserted by way of a catheter into the location of the blockage and then inflated.

The balloon crushes the fatty deposits, opening up the blood vessel for improved flow and the balloon is then deflated and withdrawn. A stent may or may not be inserted at the time of ballooning to ensure the vessel remains open.

Every year, almost 250,000 people experience a STEMI type of heart attack. Unfortunately, a significant number don’t receive prompt therapy.

“Adena is thoroughly committed to providing our patients with the highest quality cardiac care centered on current scientific research,” Tapp said.

“The American Heart Association’s Mission: Lifeline Heart Attack Receiving Center Accreditation has highlighted our accomplishments and will improve the overall treatment and care for our patients.”

A Bronze Award from the American Heart Association’s “Mission Lifeline” was presented last year to Adena in recognition of its performance in treating STEMI patients.

Mission: Lifeline is the American Heart Association’s national initiative to advance systems of care for STEMI patients. It seeks to reduce mortality and morbidity and improve the overall quality of care for STEMI patients.

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