South Shore Hospital honored with American Heart Association’s Mission: Lifeline Gold achievement award

AHA Mission Lifeline Award

South Weymouth, Mass., (June 21, 2018) – South Shore Hospital, part of South Shore Health System, has received the Mission: Lifeline® Gold Receiving Quality Achievement Award for implementing specific quality improvement measures outlined by the American Heart Association for the treatment of patients who suffer severe heart attacks.

Every year, more than 250,000 people in the United States experience an ST elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI), the deadliest type of heart attack caused by a blockage of blood flow to the heart. To prevent death, it’s critical to restore blood flow as quickly as possible, either by mechanically opening the blocked vessel through cardiac catheterization 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 hospital treatment.

South Shore Hospital earned the award 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. Eligible hospitals must adhere to these measures at a set level for a designated period of time to receive the awards.

“South Shore Hospital has always been dedicated to improving quality of care for patients and this recognition is evidence of that. Working together with the American Heart Association’s Mission: Lifeline program helps us make sure that our patient care rises to the level of nationally respected clinical guidelines for heart attack treatment,” said Anthony Marks, MD, chief of Cardiology and director of South Shore Hospital Catheterization Lab. “We are pleased to be recognized for our dedication and achievements in cardiac care, and I am very proud of our team.”

“We commend South Shore Hospital for this award in recognition for following evidence-based guidelines for timely heart treatment,” said Tim Henry, MD, Chair of the Mission: Lifeline Acute Coronary Syndrome Subcommittee. “We applaud the significant institutional commitment to their critical role in the system of care for quickly and appropriately treating heart attack patients.”

About South Shore Health System

South Shore Health System is a not-for-profit, tax-exempt, charitable health system that provides acute care, ambulatory care, and home health services to the 700,000 residents of Southeastern Massachusetts. It is the parent organization of South Shore Hospital, South Shore Medical Center, South Shore Visiting Nurse Association, Hospice of the South Shore, South Shore NeuroSpine, and other not-for-profit health organizations.

About South Shore Hospital

South Shore Hospital is a 370-bed, not-for-profit, tax-exempt, charitable provider of trauma, emergency, and acute care to the people of Southeastern Massachusetts. South Shore Hospital is a part of South Shore Health System, a not-for-profit, tax-exempt, charitable health system. South Shore Hospital’s 900-member medical staff represents all leading medical specialties. South Shore Hospital employs approximately 5,000 people, supported by a team of 600 volunteers. South Shore Hospital is licensed by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts to provide Level II Trauma care and Level III Maternal/Newborn care. South Shore Hospital has been designated a Magnet Hospital by the American Nurses’ Credentialing Center. Please visit SouthShoreHealth.org for more information.

About Mission: Lifeline

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. For more information, visit heart.org.