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Citizens Medical Center receives Mission Lifeline award

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Victoria, Texas, July 2, 2018 — Citizens Medical Center has received the Mission: Lifeline® NSTEMI Gold Quality Achievement Award and the Mission:Lifeline® STEMI Receiving Center Silver Quality Achievement Award for implementing specific quality improvement measures outlined by the American Heart Association for the treatment of patients who suffer heart attacks.

The American Heart Association’s Mission:Lifeline program’s goal is to reduce system barriers to prompt treatment for heart attacks, beginning with the 9-1-1 call, to 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 most recent evidence-based treatment guidelines.

Citizens Medical Center earned these awards by meeting specific criteria and standards of performance for quick and appropriate treatment of heart attack patients by providing emergency procedures to re-establish blood flow to blocked arteries when needed.

“Citizens Medical Center is dedicated to providing optimal care for heart attack patients,” said Mike Olson, Citizens Medical Center CEO. “We are pleased to be recognized for our dedication and achievements in cardiac care through Mission:Lifeline.”

“We commend Citizens Medical Center for this award in recognition for following evidence-based guidelines for timely heart attack treatment,” said Tim Henry, M.D., Chair of the Mission: Lifeline Acute Coronary Syndrome Subcommittee. “We applaud the significant institutional commitment to their critical role in the system of care for quickly and appropriately treating heart attack patients.”

About Citizens Medical Center 
Citizens Medical Center is a not-for-profit hospital known for compassionate patient care, clinical expertise, and bringing advanced medical services to the South Texas region since 1956. Today, Citizens is a 338-bed acute care hospital with over 1,000 employees. Citizens Medical Center is recognized for its outstanding cardiology program which includes a nationally accredited Chest Pain Center. Citizens has a Comprehensive, Accredited Bariatric Surgery program, a nationally accredited Comprehensive Community Cancer Program by the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer and has a 24/7 emergency department, advanced Level III Trauma facility and onsite medical helicopter, a Primary Stroke Center, imaging and surgery centers, sleep study center, Citizens Birth Center with labor and delivery, advanced pediatrics including the area’s only Neonatal Transport Service, state-of-the-art rehabilitation and fitness center, Urology Center and daVinci robotics minimally invasive surgery options, a home health agency, and has a long history of providing continuing education for physicians, nurses, other healthcare providers  and the community. To learn more about Citizens Medical Center or to find a physician, go to www.citizensmedicalcenter.org.

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 NSTEMI and STEMI patients. The program works by mobilizing teams across the continuum of care to implement American Heart Association/American College of Cardiology Foundation clinical treatment guidelines.  For more information, visit heart.org.

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