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For release: March 4, 2014

Amy Kilgore 330.344.6014,
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Akron General receives major accreditation for heart attack treatment
American Heart Association presents Mission: Lifeline Accreditation

Akron General Medical Center has received Mission: Lifeline Accreditation as a STEMI Receiving Center Accreditation from the American Heart Association and the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care. A Mission: Lifeline Heart Attack Receiving Center Accreditation identifies hospitals that meet STEMI treatment criteria.

STEMI is an acronym meaning "ST segment elevation myocardial infarction," which is a severe type of heart attack. This is determined by an electrocardiogram (ECG) test. Myocardial infarctions (heart attacks) occur when blood flow through one or more of the heart’s arteries becomes blocked, typically by a clot that forms in an area of plaque build-up. The lack of blood flow causes damage to that portion of the heart muscle, which if not corrected quickly can result in muscle damage and scar tissue formation. For the heart muscle to have the best chance of avoiding permanent damage, quick action to restore the blood flow is critically important.

To be eligible for recognition, a hospital must:

In addition, Receiving Centers must be able to treat STEMI patients 24/7 with at least nine STEMI patients in the reporting quarter, 36 STEMI patients per year and meet all Mission: Lifeline recognition benchmarks for specified timeframes

“This accreditation is the result of a great deal of effort from so many people,” said Robert Schweikert, MD, Chief of Cardiology at Akron General Heart & Vascular Center. “It is a privilege to work with so many dedicated, wonderful people at Akron General whose diligence and expertise really makes a difference.”

National guidelines recommend heart attack arrival-to-treatment times of less than 90 minutes.  Due to the expertise of our area’s emergency first responders, and Akron General’s Emergency Department, Catheterization Lab, Inpatient Nursing, Cardiovascular Intensive Care and Telecommunications departments, Akron General ranks among the top hospitals in the country for heart attack care. 

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