Monongahela Valley Hospital honored with Mission: Lifeline achievement award

(September 29, 2017 - Carroll Township, Pa.)

Monongahela Valley Hospital (MVH) received the Mission: Lifeline® NSTEMI Bronze Quality Achievement Award for implementing specific quality improvement measures outlined by the American Heart Association for the treatment of patients who suffer severe heart attacks.

The goal of the American Heart Association's Mission: Lifeline program is to reduce system barriers to prompt treatment for heart attacks, beginning with the 9-1-1 call and continuing through hospital treatment.

"Monongahela Valley Hospital is dedicated to improving the quality of care for our patients who suffer heart attacks, and the American Heart Association's Mission: Lifeline program is helping us accomplish that goal through nationally respected clinical guidelines," said Louis J. Panza Jr., president and CEO. "We are pleased to be recognized for our dedication and achievements in cardiac care, and I am very proud of our team."

"We commend Monongahela Valley Hospital for this achievement award, which reflects a significant institutional commitment to the highest quality of care for their heart attack patients," said James G. Jollis, M.D., past chair of the Mission: Lifeline Advisory Working Group. "Achieving this award means the hospital has met specific reporting and achievement measures for the treatment of their patients who suffer heart attacks and we applaud them for their commitment to quality and timely care."

Monongahela Valley Hospital earned the award by meeting specific criteria and standards of performance for the quick and appropriate treatment of NSTEMI patients by providing emergency procedures to re-establish blood flow to blocked arteries when needed. Eligible hospitals must have adhered to these measures at a set level for at least one consecutive 90 day interval.

Monongahela Valley Hospital honored with Mission: Lifeline achievement award photo
Pictured in the front row (l. to r.) Jan Forlini, director, Imaging Services; Kelly Macheska, American Heart Association; Michele Kaczmarek, RN, Cardiac Cath Lab; Gina Hrach, director Quality and Systems Improvement, American Heart Association/ American Stroke Association; and Natalee Peters, RN, Emergency Department. In the back row are (l. to r.) Emilee Hawk, RN, Emergency Department; Timothy Hamstra, RN, supervisor special procedures, Cath Lab; Sherry Watkins, RN, assistant vice president, Nursing; and Ryan Wilson, RN, special procedures, Cath Lab.

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