Riverview Health has received the Mission: Lifeline® Silver Receiving Quality Achievement Award for implementing quality improvement measures for the treatment of patients who suffer severe heart attacks. Riverview Health has also earned the AHA’s Fit-Friendly Worksite Award for promoting a culture of wellness.
The American Heart Association’s Mission: Lifeline program helps hospitals, emergency medical services and communities improve response times so people who suffer from a STEMI, or ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction, receive prompt, appropriate treatment. The program’s goal is to streamline systems of care to quickly get heart attack patients from the first 9-1-1 call to hospital treatment.
“Riverview Health is dedicated to improving the quality of care for our patients who suffer a heart attack, and the American Heart Association’s Mission: Lifeline program is helping us accomplish that goal through internationally respected clinical guidelines,” said Tammi Nash, clinical operations director at Riverview Health Heart and Vascular. “We are pleased to be recognized for our dedication and achievements in cardiac care, and I am very proud of our team.”
Riverview Health earned the award by meeting specific criteria and standards of performance for the quick and appropriate treatment of STEMI patients to open the blocked artery. Before patients are discharged, they 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. Eligible hospitals must adhere to these measures at a set level for a designated period to receive the awards.
The Fit-Friendly Worksite award recognizes employers who go above and beyond when it comes to their employees’ health. This includes offering employees physical activity support, increasing healthy eating options at work and promoting a wellness culture.
“As we continue to improve the health and well-being of our patients, we make an effort to prioritize our employees’ health as well,” said Mindi Matthews, director of Health and Wellness at Riverview Health. “Some of the programs we’ve implemented to create a wellness culture include our annual Waist Reduction program, annual health screenings and risk assessments, a team-based activity program called Step it Up! and a weight-loss program called Minimize Your BMI.”