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Chilton Medical Center Honored with Mission: Lifeline Achievement Award
06/25/2015

Chilton Medical Center Honored with Mission: Lifeline Achievement Award

Pompton Plains, NJ — Chilton Medical Center has received the Mission: Lifeline® Bronze 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.

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Each year in the United States, approximately 250,000 people have a STEMI, or ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction, caused by a complete blockage of blood flow to the heart that requires timely treatment. To prevent death, it’s critical to immediately restore blood flow, either by surgically opening the blocked vessel or by giving 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.

“Chilton Medical Center 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 accomplish that goal through nationally respected clinical guidelines,” said Alan Lieber, president of Chilton Medical Center and Vice President, Atlantic Health System.  “We are pleased to be recognized for our achievements in heart care.”

“We commend Chilton Medical Center 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 and President of the North Carolina Chapter of the American College of Cardiology. “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.”

Chilton Medical Center 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 to receive the awards.
 
About Chilton Medical Center:
Chilton Medical Center, located in Pompton Plains, NJ, is a part of Atlantic Health System, one of the largest non-profit health care systems in New Jersey that includes Morristown Medical Center and Goryeb Children’s Hospital in Morristown, NJ, Overlook Medical Center in Summit, NJ and Newton Medical Center in Newton, NJ.  A fully accredited, 260-bed, acute-care, community hospital, Chilton Medical Center is designated a Primary Stroke Center by both the Joint Commission and the New Jersey Department of Health. Chilton Medical Center is committed to providing innovative patient care in a compassionate and healing environment focused on personalized care. For more information about Chilton Medical Center, or for a referral to a skilled, Chilton physician, please visit www.atlantichealth.org/chilton.

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/missionlifeline and heart.org/quality.

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