Last updated: November 15. 2013 5:29PM - 951 Views
HEATHER RUTZ 419-993-2094 • hrutz@limanews.com

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LIMA — Lima Memorial Health System received an American Heart Association accreditation and celebrated Friday with a lunch.

Emergency medical service chiefs enjoyed a lunch and learned about the American Heart Association’s Mission: Lifeline Heart Attack Receiving Center Accreditation, sponsored by the association and the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care.

The accreditation recognizes centers that meet or exceed quality of care measures for people experiencing the most severe type of heart attack, ST-elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI), in which blood flow is completely blocked to a portion of the heart.

In the region, St. Rita’s Medical Center also has the receiving center accreditation.

Lima Memorial underwent numerous on-site reviews by accreditation specialists from the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care. As a result, Lima Memorial will display the American Heart Association Mission: Lifeline Heart Attack Receiving Center Accreditation certification mark.

“Lima Memorial is thoroughly committed to providing our patients the highest quality cardiac care centered on current scientific research,” said Deb Kill, Chest Pain Center coordinator at Lima Memorial. “The American Heart Association’s accreditation has highlighted our accomplishments and will improve the overall treatment and care for our patients.”

Through its accreditation program, the American Heart Association hopes to significantly reduce cardiac death by teaching the public to recognize and react to early symptoms of a heart attack, reduce the time it takes to receive lifesaving treatment and increase the accuracy and effectiveness of treatment administered.

The Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care is an international not-for-profit organization committed to leading the fight to eliminate heart disease as the No. 1 cause of death worldwide. SCPC focuses on transforming cardiovascular care by assisting facilities in their effort to create communities of excellence that bring together quality, cost and patient satisfaction.

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