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OhioHealth receives multiple awards for life-saving heart and stroke care

Four OhioHealth care sites have been recognized by the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association for outstanding heart attack and stroke care, when every second counts for patients.


The following care sites received the Mission: Lifeline awards for excellent and timely care for the life-threatening type of heart attack known as STEMI (ST segment elevation myocardial infarction):

  • OhioHealth Doctors Hospital: Mission: Lifeline Silver
  • OhioHealth Grant Medical Center: Mission: Lifeline Gold Plus
  • OhioHealth Marion General Hospital: Mission: Lifeline Gold Plus
  • OhioHealth Riverside Methodist Hospital: Mission: Lifeline Gold


The following care sites received Get With The Guidelines Stroke awards for implementing a higher standard of stroke care by ensuring that stroke patients receive care according to nationally accepted standards and recommendations:

  • Grant: Get With the Guidelines Stroke Gold Plus
  • Marion General: Get With the Guidelines Stroke Gold
  • Riverside Methodist: Get With the Guidelines Stroke Gold Plus


Additionally, Marion General was awarded:

  • Fit-Friendly Award for creating a culture of living healthy lives in the workplace
  • Get With the Guidelines Heart Failure Gold Plus


These awards highlight the life-saving and timely care given to patients suffering from acute conditions, when critical moments matter as well our dedication to promote wellness in our associates and physicians.


We appreciate our teams and the partnerships we have with EMS to ensure excellence in patient care.

American Heart Association Mission: Lifeline 2015 EMS Recognition Application Now Open Until February 28

From the American Heart Association:

The American Heart Association recognizes the critical life-saving role prehospital emergency services provide to the overall success of a STEMI system of care. The availability of 12-lead ECGs and well trained EMS providers allow for rapid identification of STEMIs, early activation of hospital emergency and cardiac teams and transportation to a STEMI Receiving or Referral center for immediate care.  In 2014, the American Heart Association launched a program to recognize emergency service agencies that met the AHA/ACC guideline recommendations for prehospital STEMI care.  In  the first year there were more than 200 prehospital agencies in the US that applied and received the American Heart Association Mission: Lifeline STEMI EMS Recognition including 22 agencies from Ohio including:


·         USV Ambulance District-Alger Unit

·         Columbia Station Twp. Fire Department

·         Middleburg Heights Fire Department

·         Strongsville Fire Department

·         Brook Park Fire Department

·         Cleveland Hopkins International Airport  Fire and Rescue

·         Olmsted Falls Fire Department

·         Berea Fire Department

·         Brunswick Fire Department

·         Fredericktown Community Joint Emergency Ambulance District

·         Upper Arlington Fire Division

·         Ravenna City Fire Department

·         Green Twp. Fire & EMS

·         Springfield Township Fire Department

·         Lane LifeTRANS

·         City of Canton Fire Department

·         Somerset-Reading Twp EMS

·         Delaware County EMS

·         Rural Metro Ambulance

·         Brunswick Hills Twp. Fire Department

·         Euclid Fire


On January 1 the 2015 Mission: Lifeline EMS Recognition Application period began and will remain open until February 28, 2015 at 11:59 pm (EST).   The application will collect information and data for patients treated and transported by EMS during the 2014 calendar year, specific to the Mission: Lifeline EMS Recognition Measures and Criteria for patients treated by EMS.


You can find more information about the Mission: Lifeline STEMI EMS recognition program at:  Mission: Lifeline EMS Recognition.  On the website you’ll find information about the recognition criteria, useful tools for collecting data, hardcopy of the application, application pathways to accommodate various system designs, an FAQ, and other useful information.  In addition, two national webinars were conducted to provide an overview of the recognition program, the application form and the submission process are available for review:


·         November 19, 2014 Webinar:  https://engage.vevent.com/rt/ahaevents~111914

·         January 13, 2015 Webinar:  https://engage.vevent.com/rt/ahaevents~011315


If you are interested in submitting an application for recognition, based on last years’ experience, the AHA advises to start the process now to allow time to collect the necessary data and allow time if any problems should arise with your application submission.

Congratulations to OhioHealth Heart and Vascular physician Dr. Howard Kander for receiving the Distinguished Achievement Award by the American Heart Association.

OhioHealth Heart and Vascular physician Dr. Howard Kander for recently received the Distinguished Achievement Award by the American Heart Association for his leadership and contributions to Mission: Lifeline.

Dr. Howard Kander has been an instrumental physician leader for the Central Ohio Regional STEMI System (CORSS) and the Mission: Lifeline Accelerator Project for nearly two years.  He initially helped create standardized STEMI Alert Pathways (protocols) which includes pathways for referral facilities, EMS, as well as, PCI receiving facilities.  These protocols have been widely accepted/adopted and have even been duplicated in other regions across the country.

One of the largest contributions that Dr. Kander has made was introducing the idea of our CORSS Physician STEMI Case Reviews.  His idea was to bring interventional cardiologists together on a regular basis to discuss STEMI cases.  These case reviews have been widely appreciated across our region.  They’ve not only brought together three very large hospital systems, but also incorporate physicians from smaller, more rural PCI facilities.  At a recent case review, nearly 30 physicians were in attendance. Emergency Physicians will also be joining us in future case reviews.

These case reviews allow for best practice sharing. Fellows are invited as well, which provides them with a unique educational opportunity to learn from some the best cardiologists in the state.  The meetings are casual, laid back and have enhanced the camaraderie amongst colleagues. Case reviews are held on a quarterly basis. This widely accepted model is now being duplicated in other markets.

To the benefit of millions of residents in central Ohio and beyond, Dr. Kander has made a significant contribution to improving their outcomes from acute cardiac events.

OhioHealth congratulates Ohio’s Mission: Lifeline EMS Performance Achievement Award winners

Congratulations to all of Ohio’s Mission: Lifeline EMS Performance Achievement Award winners! OhioHealth is proud to work these and other Emergency Medical Services organizations to improve STEMI recognition and care.

From the American Heart Association announcement:
To achieve the Mission: Lifeline EMS Performance Achievement Award, these EMS agencies met volume criteria and achieved a 75% or higher compliance score for each specific EMS quality measure from 3 to 12 months. These measures include:

  • Percentage of patients with non-traumatic chest pain > 35 years of age, treated and transported by EMS who receives a pre-hospital 12 Lead ECG.
  • Percentage of STEMI patients transported to a STEMI Receiving Center, with pre-hospital First Medical Contact (FMC) to Device (PCI) < 90 Minutes.
  • Percentage of STEMI patients taken to a referring hospitals who administers fibrinolytic therapy with a door to needle time within 30 minutes.

The agencies receiving Mission: Lifeline EMS Performance Achievement Awards in Ohio include:

Silver Performance Achievement Award (Met volume and recognition criteria for 4 quarters)

  • Brook Park Fire Department
  • Brunswick Hills Twp. Fire Department
  • Lancaster Fire Department
  • Olmsted Falls Fire Department
  • Rural Metro Ambulance
  • Springfield Twp. Fire Department
  • Strongsville Fire Department

Bronze Performance Achievement Award (Met volume and recognition criteria for 1 to 3 quarters)

  • Berea Fire Department
  • Brunswick Fire Department
  • City of Canton Fire Department
  • Cleveland Hopkins International Airport Fire & Rescue
  • Columbia Station Twp. Fire Department
  • Delaware County EMS
  • Euclid Fire
  • Fredericktown Community Joint Emergency Ambulance District
  • Green Twp. Fire & EMS
  • Lane LifeTRANS
  • Middleburg Heights Fire Department
  • Ravenna City Fire Department
  • Somerset-Reading Twp. EMS
  • Upper Arlington Fire Division
  • USV Ambulance District-Alger Unit


Mission: Lifeline is now accepting applications for its new EMS STEMI care recognition program

From the American Heart Association:

Dear EMS Leader,

I wanted to make sure you were aware of an opportunity for EMS agencies to submit an application for Mission: Lifeline EMS Recognition and hope you could also spread the word to our EMS agencies’ leadership.

Until now, only hospitals submitting data into ACTION Registry-GWTG have been eligible to achieve Mission: Lifeline recognition. Mission: Lifeline recognition for hospitals is the only AHA recognition program that includes a measure of system performance, moving quality improvement for hospitals to include EMS agency involvement. Developing a quality patient-centered awards program based on ACC/AHA guidelines for EMS was challenging on multiple levels, but it is now a reality. The Mission: Lifeline EMS Application submission period opened January 1 and will remain open through February 28, 2014.

The Mission: Lifeline EMS Recognition Criteria and Measures document is a great one-pager that summarizes the recognition program.

The application steps are really easy.

1) Review the content and information required to submit in the Mission: Lifeline EMS Application

2) Organize the information prior to beginning the online application using

a. EMS/Hospital Feedback Worksheet – Provides a template for follow up data collection on patients treated and transported to a STEMI receiving Center or a STEMI Referring Center. This worksheet is available for download in PDF and Excel format.

3) Complete and submit the Mission: Lifeline EMS recognition Application

4) Expect notification of award achievement in April


For more information please feel free to contact me directly and/or visit our EMS Recognition webpage.


Alexander R. Kuhn, MPH

American Heart Association

5455 North High Street

Columbus, OH 43214



Grant receives Get With The Guidelines-Stroke Gold Plus Performance Achievement Award

Grant Medical Center receives Get With The Guidelines Gold Plus Performance Achievement Award

Grant Medical Center has received the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines® Stroke Gold Plus Performance Achievement Award. The award recognizes Grant’s commitment and success in implementing excellent care for stroke patients, according to evidence-based guidelines.

To receive the award, Grant achieved of 85 percent or higher adherence to all Get With The Guidelines-Stroke Performance Achievement indicators for two or more consecutive 12-month intervals and achieved 75 percent or higher compliance with six of 10 Get With The Guidelines-Stroke Quality Measures, which are reporting initiatives to measure quality of care.

These measures include aggressive use of medications, such as tPA, antithrombotics, anticoagulation therapy, DVT prophylaxis, cholesterol reducing drugs and smoking cessation, all aimed at reducing death and disability and improving the lives of stroke patients.

“With a stroke, time lost is brain lost, and the Get With The Guidelines-Stroke Gold Plus Performance Achievement Award demonstrates Grant’s commitment to being one of the top hospitals in the country for providing aggressive, proven stroke care,” said William Carroll, MD, medical director of Neurology at Grant. “We will continue with our focus on providing care that has been shown in the scientific literature to quickly and efficiently treat stroke patients with evidence-based protocols,”

Get With The Guidelines-Stroke uses the “teachable moment,” the time soon after a patient has had a stroke, when they are most likely to listen to and follow their healthcare professionals’ guidance. Studies demonstrate that patients who are taught how to manage their risk factors while still in the hospital reduce their risk of a second heart attack or stroke.

Through Get With The Guidelines-Stroke, customized patient education materials are made available at the point of discharge, based on patients’ individual risk profiles. The take-away materials are written in an easy-to-understand format and are available in English and Spanish. In addition, the Get With The Guidelines Patient Management Tool gives healthcare providers access to up-to-date cardiovascular and stroke science at the point of care.

According to the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association, stroke is the third leading cause of death in the United States and a leading cause of serious, long-term disability. On average, someone suffers a stroke every 45 seconds; someone dies of a stroke every three minutes; and 795,000 people suffer a new or recurrent stroke each year.

Study: “Hands-Only” CPR Is Enough

ATLANTA – More bystanders are willing to attempt CPR if an emergency dispatcher gives them firm and direct instructions – especially if they can just press on the chest and skip the mouth-to-mouth, according to new research.

The two new studies conclude that “hands-only” chest compression is enough to save a life. They are the largest and most rigorous yet to suggest that breathing into a victim’s mouth isn’t needed in most cases.

The American Heart Association has been promoting hands-only CPR for two years, though it’s not clear how much it’s caught on. The new studies should encourage dispatchers and bystanders to be more aggressive about using the simpler technique.

“That could translate into hundreds if not thousands of additional lives saved each year. What are we waiting for?” said Dr. Arthur Kellermann, a RAND Corporation expert on emergency medicine.

Click here for the full article from JEMS