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    California Pacific Medical Center receives American Heart Association’s Mission: Lifeline Gold Quality Achievement Award for heart attack care

    For Immediate Release
    June 17, 2013

    Media Contact:
    Dean Fryer
    (415) 600-7484

    Award demonstrates CPMC’s commitment to quality care for heart attack patients

    San Francisco, CA, June 17, 2013 - California Pacific Medical Center (CPMC) has received the American Heart Association’s Mission: Lifeline® Gold Quality Achievement Award. The award recognizes CPMC’s success in implementing the highest standard of care for heart attack patients.

    Each year in the United States, nearly 300,000 people have the most severe form of heart attack, a STEMI, known as ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction. A STEMI occurs when a blood clot completely blocks an artery to the heart. It’s critical to immediately restore blood flow, either by opening the blocked vessel with an angioplasty or by giving clot-dissolving medication. Hospitals involved in Mission: Lifeline are part of a system that makes sure STEMI patients get the right care they need, as quickly as possible. Mission: Lifeline focuses on improving the system of care for these and other heart attack patients.

    As a “STEMI Receiving Hospital,” CPMC meets high standards of performance in quick and appropriate treatment of STEMI patients in the Emergency Department and the Cardiac Catheterization labs as well as during the hospitalization. Before they are discharged, patients are started on aggressive risk reduction therapies such as cholesterol-lowering drugs, aspirin, ACE inhibitors, and beta-blockers; they also receive smoking cessation counseling if needed. Hospitals must adhere to these guidelines-based measures at a high level for a designated period of time to be eligible for the achievement awards.

    “CPMC is dedicated to making our cardiac unit among the best in the country, and the American Heart Association’s Mission: Lifeline program is helping us accomplish that by making it easier for our professionals to improve the outcomes of our cardiac patients,” said CEO Warren Browner, M.D. “We are pleased to be recognized for our dedication and achievements in cardiac care, and I am very proud of our team.”

    About California Pacific Medical Center

    At San Francisco’s California Pacific Medical Center we deliver personal, hands-on care to every single patient, every single day. As one of California’s largest private, community-based, not-for-profit, teaching medical centers, we research the most up-to-date treatments, hire the most qualified individuals, and practice the most modern, innovative medicine available. We deliver the highest quality expert care, with kindness and compassion, in acute, post-acute and outpatient services, as well as preventive and complementary medicine. We also provide disease counseling, family support and wellness treatments. Throughout the entire organization, every member of the CPMC team is committed to giving our patients the individual, hands-on attention they deserve. Every hand plays a part, and every hand has the power to change a life.

    About Mission: Lifeline

    The American Heart Association’s Mission: Lifeline program helps hospitals and emergency medical services develop systems of care that follow proven standards and procedures for STEMI patients. The program works by mobilizing teams across the continuum of care to implement American Heart Association/American College of Cardiology clinical treatment guidelines. For more information, visit www.heart.org/missionlifelineOpens new window and www.heart.org/qualityOpens new window.