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Tue, Nov 29, 2016 at 06:00 AM

Marshall Medical’s ambulance system wins award for second time

They have earned the 2016 Mission: Lifeline® EMS Silver Level Recognition Award.

Marshall Medical Centers’ Emergency Medical System runs 10 ambulances and employees 50 people.

“This award reflects the high level of care provided to cardiac patients by Marshall EMS as recognized by the American Heart Association,” said Bill Smith, director of facilities management for Marshall Medical. “AHA is the universally recognized authority on standards of cardiac care.  This recognition uses data that genuinely reflects upon the quality of care provided to those patients who are experiencing a cardiac problem.”

The American Heart Association developed Mission: Lifeline to improve chances of heart attack patient by connecting healthcare providers, pre-hospital providers and community stakeholders in a system of care that saves and improves lives—from symptom onset through cardiac rehabilitation.

The American Heart Association recognizes the vital importance of EMS providers to the overall success of Mission: Lifeline STEMI Systems of Care. The correct tools and training allow EMS providers to rapidly identify the STEMI, promptly notify the destination center and trigger an early response from the awaiting hospital personnel.

The criteria to achieve the Mission: Lifeline EMS Silver award is based on meeting the achievement measures aggregated annually for one year with no single measure scoring below 75%. Marshall Medical Centers’ EMS achieved that goal.