American Heart Association honors Indian Path Medical Center for outstanding heart attack care


KINGSPORT, Tenn. – Indian Path Medical Center has been recognized by the American Heart Association for the second year in a row for meeting a set of crucial achievement measures in its cardiac care for STEMI patients.

 STEMI stands for ST-Elevation Myocardial Infarction, a serious type of heart attack during which one of the heart’s major arteries is blocked. IPMC was recognized at the Silver Level for meeting STEMI Referral Center Achievement Measures as part of the AHA’s “The Mission: Lifeline Recognition Program.”

 The achievement standards measure the percentage of heart patients who receive certain services and treatments within a specified amount of time. By meeting these standards, IPMC gives the patients a better chance of survival and better rate of recovery.

 “There’s the old adage that time is muscle, and the earlier you get that vessel open, the more heart muscle you can save,” said Dr. Robert McQueen, director of the Cath Lab. “It really is a team effort that takes everybody from the EKG techs to the people who draw the labs to the echocardiogram techs to nurses and many others – the whole team. Everybody becomes a critical piece, and in the end it’s the patient who benefits.”

 Susan Fannon, IPMC’s chief nursing officer, said the hospital is honored and proud to be recognized by the AHA two years in a row as it achieves the Silver Level.

 “Indian Path is dedicated to implementing higher standards of care for heart attack patients that significantly improve the survival of STEMI patients,” Fannon said. “Our success is the result of the tremendous efforts from a multidisciplinary team, led by incredible physician leadership.”

 The achievement measures are:

 1. Percentage of STEMI patients with a door-to-first-ECG time of 10 minutes or less;

 2. Percentage of reperfusion-eligible patients receiving any reperfusion (PCI or fibrinolysis) therapy;

 3. Percentage of fibrinolytic-eligible patients with door-to-needle time of 30 minutes or less;

 4. Percentage of reperfusion-eligible patients transferred to a PCI center with referral center door in-door out time (Length of Stay) of 45 minutes or less; and

 5. Percentage of transferred STEMI patients receiving aspirin before ED discharge.

 “This recognition tells us our commitment to quality is working and that we continue to move in the right direction,” Fannon said. “Our cath lab has gained broader awareness in our region, which will allow us to perform over 30 percent more procedures than last year. We anticipate continued growth as our patients have the advantage of being treated in a top quality cardiac program.”

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