According to a press release, Wheeling Hospital has again been nationally recognized as one of the best in the U.S.
Wheeling Hospital was ranked for its fast and effective treatment of the most deadly type of heart attack, a STEMI (ST Elevated Acute Myocardial Infarction).
Wheeling Hosptial’s Cardiac Catheterization Lab is the only facility in Ohio, Marshall, Wetzel and Belmont counties that opens calcium-blocked cardiac arteries with balloon angioplasty and keeps them open by inserting stents.
The hospital earned the American Heart Association’s (AHA) Mission: Lifeline Gold Plus Receiving Quality Achievement Award for the fifth time in recent years. The award is based on meeting specific criteria and standards of performance for the quick and appropriate treatment through emergency procedures.
Those procedures include restoring blood flow to blocked arteries in heart attack patients coming directly to the hospital or by transfer from another medical facility.
“The award demonstrates our commitment to the highest level of patient care. It is an honor to be recognized as one of the best in nation and speaks volumes about our emergency and cardiac cath lab staffs, said Wheeling Hospital CEO Ron Violi.
“When someone is having a STEMI, every second counts. It’s a matter of life and death. I am very proud of our staffs. I also salute our local EMS who treat the patient while in route to our hospital.”
Mission: Lifeline was created to help ensure prompt, evidence-based care for STEMI patients. The award recognizes Wheeling Hospital’s commitment and success in implementing a higher standard of care for such patients experiencing this type of profoundly life-threatening emergency.
According to the AHA, each year in the U.S. approximately 250,000 people have a STEMI, caused by a complete blockage of blood flow to the heart that requires timely treatment. To prevent death, it’s critical to immediately restore blood flow, either by surgically opening the blocked vessel or by giving clot-busting medication. The program’s goal is to streamline systems of care to quickly get heart attack patients from the first 911 call to hospital treatment.
Get With the Guidelines-Resuscitation helps Wheeling Hospital’s staff develop and implement specific procedures to follow that can reduce disability and death from cardiac and respiratory emergencies. It provides an evidence-based, quality improvement program of patient safety, medical emergency team response, effective resuscitation and post-emergency care.
Among the lab’s registered nurses and radiologic technologists are interventional cardiologists Drs. Adel Frenn, Deepak Hooda, Triston Smith and Gregory Suero. Wheeling Hospital is a Certified Heart Attack Receiving Center and an Accredited Chest Pain Center with PCI (percutaneous coronary intervention) and Resuscitation.