Baptist Memorial Hospital—Golden Triangle Paramedics Rusty McCrory, Lamar Thompson and Joe Wall bring a chest pain patient into the hospital’s emergency room. Photo by: Courtesy photo
May 20, 2014 10:39:53 AM
The ambulance service at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Golden Triangle received an award for outstanding service, the hospital announced Monday.
The service was one of three in Mississippi to receive the Lifeline EMS Silver Award, given by the American Heart Association's Mission. The award is given for 75 percent compliance on response and treatment for heart attack victims.
BMH-GT's ambulance service successfully treated at least eight STEMI patients over the course of 12 consecutive months, according to a press release issued by the hospital. STEMI is a type of heart attack caused by a complete blockage of blood flow to the heart. To prevent death, blood flow must be restored as quickly as possibly by opening the blocked vessel or by giving clot-busting medication, according to the hospital.
BMH-GT Administrator Paul Cade said the award furthers Baptist's mission to provide quality patient care.
"We are extremely proud of our ambulance service receiving the American Heart Association's Mission Lifeline EMS Silver Award," Cade said Monday afternoon. "The award means that our EMTs meet and exceed the AHA's rigid quality standards for providing care to patients experiencing chest pain, from the minute they begin providing care in the field until they arrive at the hospital with the patients. Our ambulance service in the field working with our entire cardiac team inside the hospital, is a successful combination for cardiac patients in the region."
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