Fairfield Medical Center, Local EMS Honored by American Heart Association

FMC Local EMS receive AHA AwardFairfield Medical Center, in addition to the Lancaster Fire Department and Pleasant Township Fire Department, were recognized for excellence in heart attack care during an award ceremony and breakfast on Aug. 5.

Lori Sheeran-Winland and Alexander Kuhn of the American Heart Association presented Fairfield Medical Center with the American Heart Association’s Mission: Lifeline Gold-Plus award. This award recognizes hospitals that have achieved 85 percent or greater in an overall composite score for STEMI patients. The Plus distinction recognizes achievements of 75 percent or greater for patients transferred to FMC that have reached a score of 75 percent or greater.

A STEMI, which stands for ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction, is caused by a complete blockage of blood flow to the heart that requires timely treatment. This treatment involves either surgically opening the patient’s blocked blood vessel or administering a clot-busting medication to restore blood flow and prevent death. Approximately 250,000 people in the U.S. have a STEMI every year.

In recognition of this accomplishment, FMC will be recognized in the US News & World Report, the American Heart Association’s Circulation journal and during an awards reception at AHA Scientific Sessions in November.

“To be successful in achieving this level of care takes a commitment by hospital administration, physicians, nurses and other professional staff to provide high quality STEMI care,” Sheeran-Winland said during the ceremony. “In addition, this award demonstrates a strong commitment by Fairfield Medical Center to integrate with emergency medical services.”

In addition, the Lancaster Fire Department was awarded the American Heart Association’s Gold Mission: Lifeline EMS Performance Achievement Award for the second year in a row and the Pleasant Township Fire Department was awarded the Bronze Mission: Lifeline EMS Performance Achievement Award. Both awards recognize EMS agencies that met volume criteria (at least four STEMIs per year) and achieved a 75 percent or higher compliance score for specific quality EMS measures over a period of three to 24 months.

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.

Cutline Information:

Fairfield Medical Center: Lori Sheeran-Winland of the American Heart Association presents John R. “Jack” Janoso, Jr., president and CEO of Fairfield Medical Center, with the American Heart Association’s Mission: Lifeline Gold-Plus award. Pictured (from left): Matt Grilliot of the FMC Cath Lab, Ryan Sprague of the FMC Cath Lab, John R. “Jack” Janoso, Jr., Danielle Schabel of the FMC Emergency Department, Lori Winland, Jennifer Mitchell of the FMC Emergency Department, FMC Emergency Department manager Angela Snider, Rhonda Wells, chest pain coordinator at FMC, Hocking Valley Emergency Department manager Stacey Gabriel and Chief Scott Brooker with Hocking County EMS.

Lancaster Fire: Alexander Kuhn of the American Heart Association presents Lancaster Fire Chief David Ward and members of his department with the American Heart Association’s Gold Mission: Lifeline EMS Performance Achievement Award.

Pleasant Township: Alexander Kuhn of the American Heart Association presents Pleasant Township Fire Captain Michael Hutton and members of the Pleasant Township EMS with the Bronze Mission: Lifeline EMS Performance Achievement Award.

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