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Trans Am, OGH, Olean Fire and EMS receive Heart Association awards

Posted on: 07/21/2016

Olean General Hospital (member of Upper Allegheny Health System), Trans Am Ambulance Services, Inc., and City of Olean Bureau of Fire and EMS will receive 2016 Mission: Lifeline®® Awards for their outstanding success within the Mission Lifeline® STEMI Program, July 21, at 3 p.m. at Olean General Hospital. The awards are given by the American Heart Association of WNY for improving cardiac patient care and outcomes in the community.

The three local organizations will receive the following awards at the ceremony including:

Trans Am Ambulance Services: Mission: Lifeline® EMS Gold Award

Olean General Hospital: Mission: Lifeline® Silver Plus Award

City of Olean Bureau of Fire, Buildings and EMS: Mission: Lifeline®

EMS Bronze Award

Every year, more than 250,000 people experience an ST elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI), the most deadly 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.

The American Heart Association’s Mission: Lifeline® program’s goal is to reduce system barriers to prompt treatment for heart attacks, beginning with the 9-1-1 call and continuing through EMS and hospital treatment.

“We commend all three local organizations for their achievement awards, which reflects a significant institutional and community commitment to the highest quality of care for their heart attack patients,” said Roseanne Hemmitt, Director of Quality Improvement, American Heart Association of Central & Western NY.

Each organization earned the awards by meeting specific criteria and standards of performance for the quick and appropriate treatment of STEMI patients; by providing emergency procedures to re-establish blood flow to blocked arteries when needed.

Unfortunately, a significant number of STEMI patients don’t receive prompt restoration of blood flow to their heart tissue, which is critical in saving heart muscle. Mission: Lifeline® seeks to save lives by closing the gaps that separate these patients from timely access to appropriate treatments. Collaboration among pre-hospital and hospital providers is the essence of Mission: Lifeline®. The correct tools and training allow EMS providers to rapidly identify the STEMI, promptly notify the receiving hospital that triggers an immediate response from the awaiting hospital STEMI team.

“EMTs and paramedics play a vital part in the system of care for those who have heart attacks,” said James Jollis, M.D. Chair of the Mission: Lifeline® Advisory Working Group. “Since they often are the first medical point of contact, they can shave precious minutes of life-saving treatment time by activating the emergency response system that alerts hospitals,” Jollis added.”

"For nearly ten years, I have had the privilege to work with the EMS first responders as their Medical Director,” said P. Henri Lamothe, M.D., C.M.S. L., medical director of Trans Am Ambulance Services, the City of Olean Bureau of Fire, Buildings and EMS.

“This award is well deserved for a group of dedicated responders who were willing to raise the bar, answer to the challenges and bring to their community the best care delivery possible. Their effort is well recognized by the American Heart Association, Dr. Lamothe said".

This is the third year that EMS agencies have been eligible for the Mission: Lifeline® recognition.

Trans Am Ambulance Services was awarded with the silver award in 2015 and received the gold award in 2016 for consecutive 24-month intervals of meeting Mission: Lifeline criteria for STEMI response.

“Trans Am Ambulance services Inc. is honored to have received GOLD level recognition from the AHA for the pre hospital recognition and treatment of STEMI (heart attack) in our region,” said Todd Reisner, General Manager of Trans Am. “Trans Am could not have achieved this recognition without the leadership of our current Medical Director, P.Henri Lamothe M.D. and those that preceded him including Rajnikant Patel M.D. and Henry Storch M.D. Many thanks for their clinical guidance and support,” he said.

Reisner credits technology, training and partnerships for the improvements in cardiac patient outcomes. He said as STEMI care has evolved so has Trans Am. With early recognition of STEMI being proven to save lives Trans Am looked to training and technology to raise the standard of STEMI care in the community by upgrading Trans Am abilities to transmit actual 12- leads to ER physicians from the field. “Doctors now have real time 12 leads and can mobilize cardiac care teams prior to arrival at the Emergency Room, which is critical for reducing the time from symptoms onset to re-perfusion,” Reisner said.

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

Dr. Mallavarapu said the hospital has performed nearly 200 emergency interventions since its cath lab opened.

“We have an excellent performance record with regard to treating STEMI patients. The team here 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 added.”

The American Heart Association’s Mission: Lifeline® program helps hospitals and emergency medical services develop systems of care that follow proven standards and procedures for STEMI patients. The program works by mobilizing teams across the continuum of care to implement American Heart Association/American College of Cardiology Foundation clinical treatment guidelines.

From left, Capt. Steve Wolfe, Lt. Tim Richardson, and Chief Robert Bell, City of Olean Bureau of Fire and EMS; Dr. Christopher Mallavarapu, medical director, cardiac catheterization lab, Olean General Hospital; Todd Reisner, and Becky Marsh, Trans Am Ambulance Services, Inc., receive Mission: Lifeline Awards from the American Heart Association July 21 at Olean General Hospital.

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