UC Health Cardiac Care Receives National Recognition

UC Medical Center, West Chester Hospital Receive American Heart Association “Gold Plus” Awards

CINCINNATI (Aug. 20, 2020) – UC Health’s University of Cincinnati Medical Center and West Chester Hospital have once again been recognized by the American Heart Association (AHA) for providing superior cardiac care to patients in Greater Cincinnati who suffer from a heart attack or heart failure.

UC Medical Center and West Chester Hospital have received the AHA’s 2020 Get With The Guidelines® Heart Failure Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award. UC Medical Center was also named to the AHA’s Target: Heart Failure Honor Roll for the second consecutive year.

The awards recognize UC Health’s commitment to and success in implementing a higher standard of cardiac care by ensuring that every heart failure patient receives treatment according to nationally accepted recommendations and standards. This is the seventh time UC Medical Center has received the gold award. In 2019, West Chester Hospital received the silver award.

“Our cardiac team at UC Health continues to work tirelessly every day to provide the highest level of care to patients who suffer from heart failure or heart attacks,” said Charles Hattemer, MD, chief of the Division of Cardiovascular Health and Disease at the UC College of Medicine. “It takes true teamwork to successfully treat cardiac patients; our close partnership with first responders and emergency physicians is critical to that success. When patients are suffering from emergency heart trouble, time is precious. Our teams have to work fast to save lives.”

Every year, more than 250,000 people experience an ST elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI), the deadliest type of heart attack. STEMI is caused by a blockage of blood flow to the heart that requires timely treatment, and it is critical to restore blood flow as quickly as possible either by mechanically opening the blocked vessel or by providing clot-busting medication.

For the care of these patients, UC Medical Center received Mission: Lifeline® Gold Plus Receiving recognition, and West Chester Hospital received Mission: Lifeline® Silver Receiving recognition.

The American Heart Association’s Mission: Lifeline STEMI Program aims to reduce system barriers to prompt treatment for heart attacks, beginning with the 911 call, to EMS transport and continuing through hospital treatment and discharge. The initiative provides tools, training and other resources to support heart attack care following protocols from the most recent evidence-based treatment guidelines.

UC Health is also the first health system-affiliated air transport program in the region to provide emergency transport for critically ill patients who are receiving extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) treatment. This will continue to transform treatment for patients in Greater Cincinnati who need fast cardiac care.

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