Cass City, MI – May 24, 2016 – Hills & Dales General Hospital is proud to announce they earned a Gold Achievement Award from the American Hospital Association (AHA). This award is earned for STEMI System of Excellence. A STEMI (shorthand medical term for ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction) is a full-blown heart attack caused by the complete blockage of a heart artery. A STEMI heart attack is taken very seriously and is a medical emergency that needs immediate attention. Hills & Dales has a system in place in their Emergency Room that puts them at the gold level of excellence for STEMI patient care.
The award has been given to Hills & Dales for being compliant for 24 months for each of the target metrics set. One of these targets, called the D2D2B (Door to Door to Balloon), measures having a patient stabilized, transferred, and into the cardiac cath lab within 90 minutes of arriving at Hills & Dales. Hills & Dales achieved the 90 minute mark 75% of the time. Additionally, this mean Hills & Dales has exceeded the national benchmark of 120 minutes consistently.
A second target is acquisition of a 12-lead EKG of the heart for patients that are more than 35 years old that present with chest discomfort. This allows for a more accurate diagnosis of any heart rhythm that may need immediate treatment.
Hills & Dales earned this gold standard with their partners Medical Mobile Response (MMR) and Lifenet. Working in conjunction with these entities allows Hills & Dales to get their patients transferred quickly, saving heart muscle and saving lives. Meeting these national benchmarks takes extensive training, dedicated staff, and teamwork by everyone. Hills & Dales is very proud of their ER staff and their partnership with MMR and Lifenet.
Jean Anthony, President and CEO, says, “We had achieved the silver level of recognition last year, so to reach gold this year is really exciting for us. Our ER staff continues to take training so that we can achieve such benchmarks. This award is another example of the care we are able to provide, especially for those in a life threatening situation. Working closely with our partners allows us to save lives. And that is what it’s all about.”
Pictured Above: Pamela Chambers, RN, Janelle Gorkowski, RN, Beth O’Parka, ER Registration, Meagan Fritz, ER Registration, Diane Howey, Director of Nursing, Michelle McKenney, RN, Dr. Kreiner, Emergency Medicine