Hartford Hospital, The Hospital of Central Connecitcut and Windham earn milestone achievements from American Heart Association

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When someone suffers a stroke, getting the right treatment as soon as possible is critically important. Experts often use the phrase “time is brain,” meaning that the faster treatment is provided, the better the chance for a good outcome.

The stroke team at Hartford Hospital is proud to have received the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines®-Stroke Gold Plus Achievement Award with a Target: Stroke Honor Roll Elite Plus designation. While Hartford Hospital has attained a Gold Plus status for many years, this is the first time it earned an Elite Plus award. This is the highest award available.

“I am extremely proud of this achievement and all the work our team did last year to get there,” said Dr. Amre Nouh, medical director of the Comprehensive Stroke Program at Hartford Hospital.

The Hospital of Central Connecticut (HOCC) received the Mission: Lifeline® Gold-Plus Receiving Quality Achievement Award for implementing specific quality improvement measures outlined by the American Heart Association (AHA) for the treatment of patients who suffer severe heart attacks.

The HOCC Cath Lab team celebrates their Mission: Lifeline® Gold-Plus Receiving Quality Achievement Award.

The Mission: Lifeline Program’s goal is to reduce system barriers to prompt treatment for heart attacks, beginning with the 9-1-1 call and continuing through hospital treatment. HOCC is recognized for having an 85 percent composite adherence and at least 24 consecutive months of 75 percent or higher compliance on all Mission: Lifeline STEMI Receiving Center quality measures to improve the quality of care for ST elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) patients.

“We are very proud to be recognized for the Gold-Plus Award by the American Heart Association,” said Lori MacLean, RN, MSN, Central Region cardiovascular services manager. “The Cath Lab and the Emergency Department work collaboratively to bring best practices and care to our patients.”

HOCC also was awarded a Gold-Plus Award last year.

Windham Hospital has received the Mission: Lifeline® Bronze Referring Quality Achievement Award for implementing specific quality improvement measures outlined by the American Heart Association for the treatment of patients who suffer severe heart attacks.

“Windham Hospital and our talented staff are dedicated to improving the quality of care for our patients who suffer a heart attack, and the American Heart Association’s Mission: Lifeline program is helping us accomplish that goal through nationally respected clinical guidelines,” said Bimal Patel, Hartford HealthCare East Region President. “Our patients and their families should be comforted to know we have this expertise available at their community hospital.”

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 and continuing through hospital treatment. 

Windham Hospital earned the award by meeting specific criteria and standards of performance for promptly diagnosing STEMI patients and transferring them to hospitals that provide emergency procedures to re-establish blood flow to blocked arteries when needed. Eligible hospitals must adhere to these measures at a set level for at least one quarter to achieve the award.

For more information about stroke care, visit https://hartfordhealthcare.org/services/neurosciences


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