Memorial Hospital Receives Award For Heart Attack Care

Monday, May 20, 2013

Memorial Hospital has received the American Heart Association’s Mission: Lifeline® Silver Receiving Quality Achievement Award. The award recognizes Memorial’s commitment and success in implementing an exceptional standard of care for heart attack patients.

 

Each year in the United States, nearly 300,000 people have a STEMI, or ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction, the most severe form of heart attack.

A STEMI occurs when a blood clot completely blocks an artery to the heart. To prevent death, it’s critical to immediately restore blood flow, either by surgically opening the blocked vessel or by giving clot-busting medication.

 

Hospitals participating in Mission: Lifeline are part of a system that makes sure STEMI patients get the correct care as quickly as possible. Mission: Lifeline focuses on improving the system of care for STEMI patients as well as improving care for all heart attack patients.

 

The national goal is 90 minutes from the time a person comes through the door of the emergency department to the time that a patient is receiving a catheterization.  Memorial far exceeds that goal with an average time of 45.9 minutes that is one of the fastest in the nation demonstrating Memorial’s high standards of performance in quick and appropriate treatment of STEMI patients to open the blocked artery. Before they’re discharged, patients are started on aggressive risk reduction therapies such as cholesterol-lowering drugs, aspirin, ACE inhibitors and beta-blockers and they receive smoking cessation counseling if needed.  Hospitals must adhere to these guidelines-based measures at a set level for a designated period of time to be eligible for the achievement awards. 

“Memorial Hospital is dedicated to making our cardiac unit among the best in the country and the American Heart Association’s Mission: Lifeline program is helping us accomplish that by making it easier for the physicians and clinical staff to improve the outcomes of our cardiac patients,” said Eric Conn, MD, cardiologist with The Chattanooga Heart Institute at Memorial. “We’re pleased to be recognized for our dedication and achievements in cardiac care.  It takes an entire team of EMS workers, emergency department staff, other clinical staff and physicians to make this goal attainable.”


Northside Neighborhood House Receives Gift From Food Lion

Northside Neighborhood House has received $1,000 from the Food Lion Feeds Charitable Foundation to help feed and provide education to local residents. Northside Neighborhood House will use the gift for its Healthy Families Program, which offers cooking classes and family dinner nights.  “The NNH is so grateful for this support from Food Lion Feeds Charitable Foundation,” ... (click for more)

2nd Annual IgniteRed Event: Thank You, Chattanooga

Southern Surgical Arts sponsored the 2nd annual IgniteRed event last Friday in conjunction with the American Heart Association’s National Wear Red Day. During this informal evening of entertainment and networking, more than 200 of Chattanooga’s women gathered in support of a common goal: to raise awareness about heart disease. "It’s a topic of vital importance to everyone, ... (click for more)

WWTA, Grimes, Clem Lambasted At Boyd Public Forum

Over 50 people turned out Tuesday night on a meeting called by County Commissioner Tim Boyd over issues with the Hamilton County Water and Wastewater Treatment Authority (WWTA), and many took turns lambasting the agency, director Cleveland Grimes and attorney Chris Clem. Commissioner Boyd said at the end of the hour and a half session at the East Ridge Community Center, "If less ... (click for more)

City Facing Millions In Catchup Costs For Fire And Police Pension Fund

City Council members were told Tuesday they are facing millions of dollars in catchup costs for the fire and police pension fund. Pension fund officials said the city will need to invest some $1.6 million per year more with the fund to keep up with the latest state requirement. Frank Hamilton said the fund has been at a level of about 60 percent of obligations, but that needs ... (click for more)

Rick Smith Should Not Be Paid To Leave

Taxpayers of Hamilton County should take note that a majority of the members of the school board are getting ready to give Rick Smith the buyout that he wants.  Do you agree that someone should be paid for taking the coward's way out?  Rick Smith should be fired for cause. Not paid to leave.   If you don't want the board members to pay him off, call or ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Grab The Reaching Hand

Three of Tennessee’s largest four cities are now searching for school superintendents. Jesse Register retired last June and, after botching the first attempt, Nashville city leaders are intensely helping the Board of Education in a search for the best candidate. In Knoxville and Chattanooga the superintendents have resigned, both under a cloud, and now the leaders of the ‘2.0’ initiative ... (click for more)