Geisinger Holy Spirit receives Mission: Lifeline Gold Plus award

Susan Ecenbarger
Friday, August 10, 2018

CAMP HILL – Geisinger Holy Spirit has received the Mission: Lifeline Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award for implementing the American Heart Association’s quality improvement measures for the treatment of patients who suffer severe heart attacks.

Geisinger Holy Spirit earned the award by meeting specific criteria and standards of performance to re-establish blood flow to blocked arteries in heart attack patients coming into the hospital directly or by transfer from another facility.

Geisinger Holy Spirit is dedicated to providing optimal care for heart attack patients,” said Joseph Torchia, M.D., chief medical officer. “We are pleased to be recognized for our dedication and achievements in cardiac care through Mission: Lifeline.”

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 program seeks to reduce barriers to prompt treatment for heart attacks, beginning with the 9-1-1 call and EMS transport and continuing through hospital treatment and discharge. The initiative provides tools, training and other resources to support heart attack care following protocols from the latest evidence-based treatment guidelines.