MANKATO, Minn. — Mayo Clinic Health System in Mankato recently was recognized for exceptional care of heart attack patients by the American Heart Association (AHA) and the American College of Cardiology (ACC). The facility received AHA’s Mission: Lifeline Gold Receiving Quality Achievement Award and ACC’s NCDR ACTION Registry–GWTG Platinum Achievement Award.
“Our continued goal is to provide the highest level of care during a heart attack patient’s most critical moments,” says John Haley, M.D., Mayo Clinic Health System cardiologist. “These awards reinforce our commitment to meeting and exceeding that goal. And none of this would be possible without the collaboration and expertise of our team of nurses, providers, EMS professionals, registration staff and many others.”
American Heart Association Mission: Lifeline
Mayo Clinic Health System in Mankato received the Mission: Lifeline Gold Receiving Quality Achievement Award for implementing specific quality improvement measures outlined by the AHA for the treatment of patients who suffer severe heart attacks. The goal of Mission: Lifeline is to reduce system barriers to prompt treatment for heart attacks, beginning with the 9-1-1 call and continuing through hospital treatment.
Each year in the United States, about 250,000 people have a type of severe heart attack known as a STEMI, or ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction, caused by a complete blockage of blood flow to the heart that requires timely treatment. To prevent death, it’s critical to immediately restore blood flow, either by surgically opening the blocked vessel or by giving clot-busting medication.
“The American College of Cardiology and the American Heart Association commend Mayo Clinic Health System in Mankato for its achievement of these awards, which reflects a significant institutional commitment to the highest quality of care for their heart attack patients,” says James Jollis, M.D., chair of both the ACTION Registry–GWTG and Mission: Lifeline Advisory Working Group.
Gold Cross, Mayo Clinic’s ground ambulance service, also received Mission: Lifeline’s EMS Bronze Award for heart attack patient care.
American College of Cardiology
Mayo Clinic Health System in Mankato earned the ACC’s NCDR ACTION Registry–GWTG Platinum Achievement Award for commitment and success in implementing a higher standard of care for heart attack patients. It signifies that Mayo Clinic Health System in Mankato has reached an aggressive goal of treating these patients to standard levels of care as outlined by the ACC/AHA clinical guidelines and recommendations.
Specifically, Mayo Clinic Health System in Mankato qualified for the award by following the registry for eight consecutive quarters and meeting a standard of more than 90 percent for specific performance measures.
Full participation in the registry engages hospitals in a robust quality improvement process using data to drive improvements in adherence to guideline recommendations.
In 2015, Mayo Clinic Health System in Mankato received silver awards for both Mission: Lifeline and the NCDR ACTION Registry–GWTG.
Mayo Clinic Health System consists of clinics, hospitals and other health care facilities that serve the health care needs of people in more than 60 communities in Georgia, Iowa, Minnesota and Wisconsin. The community-based providers, paired with the resources and expertise of Mayo Clinic, enable patients in the region to receive the highest-quality health care close to home.