Manatee Memorial Receives American Heart Association Award

Manatee Memorial Hospital Receives American Heart Association’s Mission: Lifeline Bronze Quality Achievement Award for Heart Attack Care



Bradenton, FL, (July 26, 2013) — Manatee Memorial Hospital has received the American Heart Association’s Mission: Lifeline® Bronze Receiving Quality Achievement Award. The award recognizes Manatee Memorial Hospital commitment and success in implementing a high standard of care for heart attack patients.

Each year in the United States, nearly 300,000 people have a STEMI, or ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction, the most severe form of heart attack. A STEMI occurs when a blood clot completely blocks an artery to the heart. To prevent death, it’s critical to immediately restore blood flow, either by surgically opening the blocked vessel or by giving clot-busting medication.

Hospitals involved in Mission: Lifeline is part of a system that makes sure STEMI patients get the right care they need, as quickly as possible. Mission: Lifeline focuses on improving the system of care for these patients and at the same time improving care for all heart attack patients.

As a “STEMI Receiving Hospital,” Manatee Memorial Hospital meets high standards of performance in quick and appropriate treatment of STEMI patients to open the blocked artery. Before patients are discharged, they are started on aggressive risk reduction therapies such as cholesterol-lowering drugs, aspirin, ACE inhibitors and beta-blockers and they receive smoking cessation counseling if needed. Hospitals must adhere to these guidelines-based measures at a set level for a designated period of time to be eligible for the achievement awards.

“Manatee Memorial Hospital is dedicated to making our cardiac unit among the best in the country, and the American Heart Association’s Mission: Lifeline program is helping us accomplish that by making it easier for our professionals to improve the outcomes of our cardiac patients,” said Kevin DiLallo. Group Vice President, Universal Health Services, Inc., CEO, Manatee Healthcare System. “We are pleased to be recognized for our dedication and achievements in cardiac care, and I am very proud of our team.”

For more information on this Manatee Memorial Hospital press release, please contact Vernon DeSear, Vice President Marketing and Business Development, (941) 745-7306 or vernon.desear@mmhhs.com or Betty Chambliss, Director of Advertising and Community Relations (941) 745-7545 or betty.chambliss@mmhhs.com

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