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Area Providers Recognized for Heart and Stroke Care

Jun 21, 2016 08:00AM ● Published by MED Magazine

The American Heart Association has recognized several healthcare institutions and one regional ambulance service with quality achievement awards for heart and stroke care.


Rapid City Regional Hospital, Avera Heart Hospital, Sanford USD Medical Center, UnityPoint Health-St. Luke’s Cardiology and Cardiovascular Associates, PC (CVA), and Paramedics Plus were all recognized with Mission: Lifeline Awards for implementing quality improvement measures for the treatment of patients who experience severe heart attacks.


Rapid City Regional Hospital received the Bronze Plus Award for Receiving Centers; St. Luke’s Cardiology and CVA received the Silver Award for Receiving Centers; Avera Heart Hospital received the Gold Award for Receiving Centers; Sanford USD Medical Center received the Gold Plus Award for Receiving Centers; and Paramedics Plus received the EMS Bronze Award.


Mission: Lifeline seeks to save lives by closing the gaps that separate STEMI patients from timely access to appropriate treatments. The Mission: Lifeline program in South Dakota was made possible by an $8.4 million dollar gift from The Helmsley Charitable Trust to the American Heart Association, which began the process to improve the system of care for heart attack patients.


“Our institutions are helping to create a new standard of rural care for heart attack patients and it is very exciting that South Dakota has gone from leading the country in heart attack death rates to leading the way in heart attack care,” said Gary Myers, Director Mission: Lifeline South Dakota and EMS Consultant for Midwest Affiliate of the American Heart Association.


Rapid City Regional Hospital has also received the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guideline-Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award and Sanford USD Medical Center has received the American Heart Association’s Get With the Guidelines-Heart Failure Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award. 

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