BRANDON - Brandon Regional Hospital was recently recognized for its care of patients who suffer the most severe form of heart attacks.
The hospital has been awarded the American Heart Association's Mission: Lifeline Silver Receiving Quality Achievement Award, honoring its commitment and success in implementing an exceptional standard of care for heart attack patients.
"Brandon Regional Hospital is dedicated to making our cardiac program among the best in the country," said Bland Eng, Brandon Regional's CEO since last year. "The Mission: Lifeline program is helping us demonstrate the care our professionals deliver while improving the outcomes of our cardiac patients."
According to the American Heart Association, almost 300,000 people experience the most severe form of a heart attack each year. This form of cardiac arrest happens when a blood clot completely blocks an artery to the heart.
Mission: Lifeline focuses on improving the system of care for these heart attacks, known as ST elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI), and all heart attack patients. As a STEMI "Receiving Hospital," Brandon Regional meets high standards of performance in the quick and appropriate treatment of patients to open the blocked artery. Before they are discharged, patients are started on aggressive risk-reduction therapies, such as cholesterol-lowering drugs, aspirin, and beta-blockers. Hospitals must adhere to these guideline-based measures at a set level for a designated period of time to be eligible for the achievement awards.
"We are pleased to be recognized for our dedication and achievements in cardiac care," Eng said. "I am very proud of our team."