Newark Beth Israel Medical Center is the only hospital in the Northeast to earn the American Heart Association’s Mission: Lifeline Gold Quality Achievement Award for Heart Attack Care. The award recognizes the commitment and success of the Barnabas Health Heart Center at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center in implementing the highest standard of care to improve the survival of people who suffer a certain kind of heart attack.
An ST-elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) occurs when an artery that supplies blood to the heart is suddenly blocked. According to the American College of Cardiology, up to 40 percent of heart attacks in the U.S. are type STEMI. The sooner the blockage is removed, the better the heart muscle will recover with fewer complications. Mission: Lifeline focuses on improving the system of care for people that suffer STEMI, a well as other kinds of heart attacks.
Hospitals across the nation participating in the Mission: Lifeline initiative are improving care in the acute treatment phase as well as at hospital discharge. In addition to re-establishing blood flow through the blocked artery within specific time frames, patients are started on aggressive risk reduction therapies such as cholesterol lowering medications, aspirin, ACE inhibitors and beta-blockers in the hospital and receive smoking cessation counseling. Newark Beth Israel’s Heart Center and Emergency Department continually review and refine the way care is provided in cardiovascular emergencies. It was one of the first hospitals in New Jersey to admit STEMI patients directly to the Catheterization Lab for angioplasty procedures that open blocked coronary arteries and prevent cardiac complications.
“We adopted a multifaceted, community-wide approach that involves patient education, enhanced collaboration with Emergency Medical Services and close coordination with referring Emergency Departments in the region,” said Marc Cohen, MD, Chief of Cardiology at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center and STEMI Team Leader. “Our team has continued to refine and standardize innovative protocols that are ultimately saving lives.”
“This achievement is all about team work,” said John A. Brennan, MD, MPH, President and Chief Executive Officer of Newark Beth Israel Medical Center and Children’s Hospital of New Jersey. “We are proud to be part of the American Heart Association’s efforts to save lives.”
About the Barnabas Health Heart Center at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center
Newark Beth Israel Medical Center is ranked one of the Region’s Best Hospitals in Cardiology and Heart Surgery by U.S News & World Report 2012-2013. Its adult heart transplant program is the largest on the East Coast with outstanding long-term survival rates that consistently meet or exceed national benchmarks. Highly specialized care includes minimally invasive and robotic-assisted cardiac procedures and the latest generation of ventricular assist devices designed to take over the pumping action for a diseased heart. The Valve Center, Atrial Fibrillation Center and Center for Aortic Diseases are at the forefront of new and emerging approaches to complex cardiac conditions. Working in concert, adult and pediatric cardiologists and surgeons provide lifelong care for teens, adults and seniors with all types of congenital heart conditions.
Date: May 2, 2013
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