CHRISTUS Santa Rosa Hospital – New Braunfels (CSRH –NB) has received the Mission: Lifeline® Silver 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.
“We are honored to be recognized for our compassionate, life-saving care,” said Casey Bridge, RN-BSN, CCCC, who is the Regional Cardiac Care Coordinator for CSRH – NB. “By working collaboratively with our EMS agencies in Comal and Guadalupe counties, we provide quick interventions on our patients having heart attacks in order to preserve heart function.”
Every year, more than 250,000 people experience an ST elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI). A STEMI is the most deadly type of heart attack, caused by a complete 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.
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.
“CHRISTUS Santa Rosa Hospital – New Braunfels is dedicated to improving the quality of care for our patients who suffer a heart attack,” said Jim D. Wesson, FACHE, President, CSRH – NB. “I am very proud of our team which allows our patients and families to receive quality, cardiac care closer to home.”
In addition to receiving the Mission: Lifeline Silver Receiving award, CSRH – NB has also been recognized as a recipient of Mission: Lifeline’s Silver-Plus award, which recognizes the hospital has reached an achievement score of 75 percent or greater for treating STEMI transfer patients from other facilities within 120 minutes.
“We commend CHRISTUS Santa Rosa Hospital – New Braunfels for this achievement award, which reflects a significant institutional commitment to the highest quality of care for their heart attack patients,” said James G. Jollis, MD, Chair of the Mission: Lifeline Advisory Working Group. “Achieving this award means the Hospital has met specific reporting and achievement measures for the treatment of their patients who suffer heart attacks, and we applaud them for their commitment to quality and timely care.”
CHRISTUS Santa Rosa Hospital – New Braunfels 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 12 consecutive months to receive these awards.