June 2013

Memorial Receives Mission: Lifeline Silver Quality Award

Memorial Hospital, Chattanooga, TN, received the American Heart Association’s Mission: Lifeline Silver Quality Achievement Award for implementing an exceptional standard of care for heart attack patients. Hospitals that participate in Mission: Lifeline are part of a system that makes sure patients who have the most severe form of heart attach get the correct care as quickly as possible. The national goal is 90 minutes from the time a person comes through the door of the emergency department to the time that a patient is receiving a catheterization.  Memorial far exceeds that goal with an average time of 45.9 minutes, which is one of the fastest in the nation. Before they’re discharged, patients are started on aggressive risk reduction therapies such as cholesterol-lowering drugs, aspirin, ACE inhibitors and beta-blockers and they receive smoking cessation counseling if needed.