Team Effort Earns Prestigious AHA Award for Heart Attack Care
In the photo, from left, Dr. Daniel Rubin; Joanne Cook, Emergency Services, Jefferson Regional; John Balkovec and Nancy Dyson, Brentwood EMS; Dr. Richard Sullivan; James Hasson, Mission: Lifeline; Jill Moorehead and Jason McGeary, Elizabeth Township Area EMS; Doug Pascoe, Jefferson Hills EMS; and Dr. Chong Park.
Jefferson Regional Medical Center is the only hospital in Western Pennsylvania and one of only 44 hospitals nationwide to receive the American Heart Association’s Mission: Lifeline Silver Quality Achievement Award for its exceptional heart attack care.
James Hasson, director, Mission: Lifeline, presented the award Sept. 27 and told a capacity crowd at Jefferson Regional, “To be successful achieving this level of care takes a commitment by hospital administration, physicians, nurses and other professional staff to provide high quality STEMI care.” It also demonstrates a strong commitment to integrate with emergency medical services. According to Hasson:
- 79 percent of Jefferson Regional’s prehospital STEMI patients received a 12-lead ECG compared to 48 percent in Pennsylvania.
- 88 percent of Jefferson’s Emergency Department patients received a 12-lead ECG within 10 minutes of presentation, compared to 70 percent in the state.
- Overall, 82 percent of our EMS patients have primary PCI within 90 minutes compared to only 56 percent of patients in Pennsylvania.
Richard Sullivan, MD, associate director, Department of Emergency Medicine and EMS director, said our EMS partners are an important component of our outstanding standard of care for heart attack patients.
“This award acknowledges what we all know and our patient outcomes confirm, that Jefferson Regional is the place where patients should come for excellent treatment of cardiac conditions,” he said.
Daniel Rubin, MD, medical director, Cardiac Cath lab, said the award represents the expertise and commitment of the entire cardiac team, including cardiologists, cardiothoracic surgeons, technicians, nurses and staff. He thanked them for their dedication and sacrifices they make to deliver exceptional care.
Chong Park, MD, chairman, Department of Surgery, noted that the award from the American Heart Association underscores the important work that has been done at Jefferson Regional since its heart program began in 2002. Additional awards that recognize the program’s reputation for excellence, include HealthGrades Five-Star Ranking for Treatment of Heart Attack for 3 Years in a Row.
“As we begin our second decade, we do so confident that our dedication to providing the latest procedures and technologies in the field will continue, and we will remain committed to the highest standards in cardiac care,” he said.