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Wheeling Hospital Again Receives National Award for Saving Lives of Cardiac Patients

August 9, 2017

WHEELING – Once again, the Cardiac Catheterization Lab at Wheeling Hospital and has been recognized as one of the top hospitals in the U.S. for its quick and effective treatment of the deadliest type of heart attack – a STEMI (ST Elevation Acute Myocardial Infarction).

The hospital earned the Gold Plus STEMI Award from the American Heart Association (AHA) for meeting the standards of the AHA’s Mission: Lifeline program. Wheeling Hospital has received the award on four other occasions.

Mission: Lifeline was created to help ensure prompt, evidence-based care for STEMI patients. The award recognizes Wheeling Hospital’s commitment and success in implementing a higher standard of care for such patients experiencing this type of profoundly life-threatening emergency.

According to the AHA, each year in the U.S. approximately 250,000 people have a STEMI, caused by a complete blockage of blood flow to the heart that requires timely treatment. To prevent death, it’s critical to immediately restore blood flow, either by surgically opening the blocked vessel or by giving clot-busting medication.

The Mission: Lifeline program helps hospitals, emergency medical services and communities improve response times so people who suffer from a STEMI receive prompt, appropriate treatment. The program’s goal is to streamline systems of care to quickly get heart attack patients from the first 911 call to hospital treatment.

“Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the U.S. All of our hospital’s medical teams work very hard to ensure that area residents have access to a comprehensive cardiac center. This most recent AHA award is an added national recognition of just how effective Wheeling Hospital is in treating chest pain, heart attack and other cardiovascular issues,” said Ron Violi, Wheeling Hospital CEO.

Get With the Guidelines–Resuscitation helps Wheeling Hospital’s staff develop and implement specific procedures to follow that can reduce disability and death from cardiac and respiratory emergencies. It provides an evidence-based, quality improvement program of patient safety, medical emergency team response, effective resuscitation and post-emergency care.

Among the lab’s registered nurses and radiologic technologists are interventional cardiologists Drs. Adel Frenn, Triston Smith, Gregory Suero and Deepak Hooda.

“Wheeling Hospital is dedicated to improving the quality of care for our patients who suffer a heart attack, and the Mission: Lifeline program is helping us accomplish that goal through internationally respected clinical guidelines,” said Violi. “We are pleased to be recognized with this Gold Plus STEMI Award for our dedication and achievements in cardiac care. I cannot be more proud of our entire team, which includes emergency/trauma, cath lab, critical care, cardiac rehab and others who work to make a positive difference in the community.”

The Cardiac Catheterization Lab is one of the services under the hospital’s Heart and Vascular Center.

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Contact: Gregg Warren, Vice President-Marketing/Public Relations, 304-243-3260

Several members of Wheeling Hospital’s Cardiac Catheterization Lab display an award from the American Heart Association for treating the severest type of heart attacks. From left are: Patricia Holden, Quality Coordinator, Mission: Lifeline Regional Team Leader; lab Supervisor Jenna Linton, RT( R); Interventional Cardiologist Dr. Gregory Suero; Elaine Donaldson, RN; and Interventional Cardiologist Dr. Adel Frenn.