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AMR Receives American Heart Association's Mission: Lifeline EMS Gold Plus Recognition Award



For the second year in a row, American Medical Response (AMR) has received the American Heart Association’s Mission: Lifeline® EMS Gold Plus Award for implementing quality improvement measures for the treatment of patients who experience severe heart attacks. The City of Bridgeport and Town of Fairfield Fire Departments were listed as a leading agency on the award. 
Every year, more than 250,000 people experience an ST elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) the deadliest type of heart attack caused by a blockage of blood flow to the heart that requires timely treatment. To prevent death, it’s critical to restore blood flow as quickly as possible, either by mechanically opening the blocked vessel or by providing clot-busting medication. 

The Mission: Lifeline initiative provides tools, training and other resources to support heart attack care following protocols from the most recent evidence-based treatment guidelines. Mission: Lifeline’s EMS recognition program recognizes emergency medical services for their efforts in improving systems of care to rapidly identify suspected heart attack patients, promptly notify the medical center and trigger an early response from the awaiting hospital personnel.  

“American Medical Response is honored to be recognized by the American Heart Association for our dedication in providing exceptional cardiac care from our providers for heart attack patients in the communities we serve,” said Matthew Hlavna, Clinical Education Specialist, “The Mission: Lifeline program puts proven knowledge and guidelines to work on a daily basis so patients have the best possible chance of survival. We are dedicated to providing optimal care for our patients, and we are honored to receive this award for the second year in a row, and proud of our lead agencies named in the award – the Bridgeport and Town of Fairfield Fire Departments.”

“EMTs and paramedics play a vital part in the system of care for those who have heart attacks,” said Tim Henry, M.D., Chair of the Mission: Lifeline Acute Coronary Syndrome Subcommittee. “Since they often are the first medical point of contact, they can save precious minutes of treatment time by activating the emergency response system that alerts hospitals to an incoming heart attack patient. We applaud AMR for achieving this award in following evidence-based guidelines in the treatment of people who have severe heart attacks.”

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