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OGH receives Mission: Lifeline Award from American Heart Association

Posted on: 08/13/2020

For a third time, Olean General Hospital received the 2020 Mission: Lifeline® Silver Plus Receiving Quality Achievement Award for outstanding success in treating patients with severe heart attacks.

The award is given by the American Heart Association of WNY for improving cardiac patient care and outcomes in the community. OGH met specific criteria and standards of performance for quick and appropriate treatment of STEMI (a heart attack with complete blockage of a coronary artery) patients by providing emergency procedures to reestablish blood flow to blocked arteries.

“Olean General Hospital is dedicated to improving the quality of care for patients who suffer a heart attack and the Mission: Lifeline® program is helping us all accomplish our goals through nationally respected clinical guidelines,” said Christopher Mallavarapu, MD, medical director, interventional cardiac catheterization lab at OGH.

Every year, more than 250,000 people experience a STEMI, the deadliest type of heart attack caused by a blockage of blood flow to the heart that requires timely treatment. To prevent death it’s critical to restore blood flow as quickly as possible, either by mechanically opening the blocked vessel or by providing clot-busting medication.

A significant number of STEMI patients don’t receive prompt medical attention to restore blood flow to the heart tissue which is critical. Mission: Lifeline® seeks to save lives by closing the gaps that separate these patients from timely access to appropriate treatments through collaboration among prehospital and hospital providers.

“We have an excellent performance record with regard to treating STEMI patients. Our team focuses on protocols and moves quickly and efficiently to treat patients. In many cases, because we have such excellent communication with our EMS providers, STEMI transfers come right from the ambulance directly to the cath lab, bypassing the hospital ER. We all know that time is muscle,” Dr. Mallavarapu said.

The American Heart Association’s Mission: Lifeline® program’s goal is to reduce system barriers to prompt treatment for heart attacks, beginning with the 911 call and continuing through EMS and hospital treatment.

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