Northside Hospital receives heart attack care recognition



FORSYTH COUNTY, Ga. — Once again, Northside Hospital-Forsyth has achieved the American Heart Association’s (AHA) Mission: Lifeline STEMI Receiving Center 2014 Gold Performance Achievement Award.

The award recognizes the hospital’s commitment and success in implementing exceptional standards of care for heart attack patients.

“We are very proud of our heart and vascular team and the Forsyth County Emergency Management team for all that they have done collaboratively to raise the level of care that our patients receive, and their commitment to providing prompt and consistent care is being recognized by the American Heart Association for a second time,” said Lynn Jackson, administrator of Northside Hospital-Forsyth.

Each year in the United States, nearly 300,000 people have a STEMI, or ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction, the most severe form of heart attack. A STEMI occurs when a blood clot completely blocks an artery to the heart.

To prevent death, it’s critical to immediately restore blood flow, either by non-surgical PCI (percutaneous coronary intervention), coronary bypass surgery or clot-busting medication.

The AHA’s Mission: Lifeline program helps hospitals and emergency medical services develop systems of care that follow proven clinical treatment guidelines, which ensure STEMI patients get the right care they need, as quickly as possible.

“As a STEMI-receiving hospital, Northside Hospital-Forsyth has the expertise, equipment, facilities and other resources to perform PCI, within the STEMI system of care,” said Patricia Tyson, administrative director, Northside Hospital Heart and Vascular Institute.

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