The following are excerpts from the letter that the Heard Association sent announcing the award:
The Jefferson Hills Area Ambulance Association has achieved the 2016 Mission: Lifeline® EMS Gold Level Recognition Award. This award is based upon the achievements as identified through your agency’s online application submission of data representative of care delivered in 2015.
Collaboration among pre-hospital and hospital providers is the essence of Mission: Lifeline. The American Heart Association recognizes the vital importance Emergency Medical System providers provide to the overall success of Mission: Lifeline STEMI Systems of Care. The correct tools and training allow EMS providers to rapidly identify the STEMI, promptly notify the destination center and trigger an early response from the awaiting hospital personnel.
As an EMS agency that delivers education in STEMI identification, provides access to 12 lead ECG machines and develops protocols derived from ACC/AHA STEMI Guidelines, your medics are driving improvements in the care and outcomes of STEM1* patients.
*(Editor's note: STEM1 patents have had a major heart attack with an complete blockage of a coronary artery)