Swedish Medical Center First In State For Joint Commission Award In Cardiovascular Services

Awarded in Multiple Coronary Specialties and Receives Mission: Lifeline Recognition by American Heart Association

(Englewood, Colorado) Swedish Medical Center
has been reaccredited by The Joint Commission for Cardiovascular Services and continues to be the only hospital in the state with accreditations in Advanced Heart Failure, Coronary Artery Bypass and Coronary Artery Disease. They have also received Mission: Lifeline Gold Level status recognition by the American Heart Association for the second year in a row. jointcommissionseal

“This achievement acknowledges the exceptional care our Cardiology team provides patients in the Denvermetro
area and beyond,” said Mary M. White, President and CEO of Swedish Medical Center. “Their dedication to quality healthcare deserves to be recognized.”

The Heart Center at Swedish Medical Center offers
comprehensive cardiac care for patients through
coordination of EMS responders, the Emergency
Department, and an experienced team of healthcare
professionals who ensure patients receive appropriate
and timely care for their condition.

“The Cardiovascular Services Team has worked hard
to provide the community with a comprehensive
program from chest pain to heart attacks to open
heart surgery and chronic illness such as heart failure.
We strive to provide the best possible experience
for our patients based on national standards,” says
Associate Chief Nursing Officer and Cardiac Services
Director Paula Grassmick.

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Hospitals recognized by the American Heart Association for the Mission: Lifeline Gold award have demonstrated their ability to provide cardiac care at the highest level for patients with STEMI type heart attacks, the most life threatening heart attack, for at least two years. At a Gold Level hospital, all heart attack patients have rapid access, skillful and timely intervention and the highest level of on-going heart care treatment following the latest American Heart Association guidelines. Swedish’s median door-to-balloon times for cardiac alert patients are among the best in the region.

“This achievement is validation of the innovative care that we offer here at Swedish. Our cardiac team has worked very hard to bring the best care to our patients and The Joint Commission and AHA have seen that expertise and chosen to recognize us for it,” says Deborah O’Neill, Cardiovascular Nurse Practitioner.

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About Swedish Medical Center (www.SwedishHospital.com)
Swedish Medical Center in Englewood, Colorado, part of HealthONE, is a Level 1 Trauma Center and Joint-Commission-accredited Stroke, Cardiology and Cancer Center. Swedish has the highest quality care and the most advanced technologies and treatments in nearly every medical specialty and is an eight time winner of the National Research Corporation Consumer Choice Award and a Top 100 Hospital recognized by Reuters.
An acute care hospital with 368 licensed beds, Swedish is located in the south metro Denver area where it has been a proud member of the community for more than 100 years. Annually, Swedish cares for more than 200,000 patients with a team of 2,000 dedicated employees, 500 volunteers and more than 1,300 physicians.

 

Swedish Medical Center Awarded Mission: Lifeline Recognition by American Heart Associaton

Gold Performance Award Winner

Swedish Medical Center has been recognized as a Gold Performance Mission: Lifeline award winner by the American Heart Association. The award recognizes our commitment and success in implementing a higher standard of care for heart attack patients that effectively improves the survival and care of STEMI (ST Elevation Myocardial Infarction) patients. “This recognition attests to the efforts of the team to provide excellent, efficient, quality care to cardiac patients in the metro area,” says Paula Grassmick, Director of CV Services.

Every year, almost 250,000 people experience a STEMI type of heart attack which is the most life threatening type of heart attack. The faster the blocked artery causing the heart attack can be fixed, the smaller the amount of heart muscle will be damaged. With rapid access to emergency and hospital care, some heart attacks can be completely avoided. Mission: Lifeline seeks to save lives by closing the gaps that separate STEMI patients from timely access to appropriate treatments. Mission: Lifeline focuses on improving the system of care for these patients and at the same time improving care for all heart attack patients.

Hospitals awarded a level of Gold Performance have demonstrated their ability to provide cardiac care at the highest level for patients with STEMI type heart attacks for at least 2 years. At a Gold Level hospital, STEMI patients as well as all heart attack patients have rapid access, skillful and timely intervention and the highest level of on-going heart care treatment following the latest American Heart Association guidelines.

Hospitals involved in Mission: Lifeline strive to improve care in both acute-treatment measures and discharge measures. Systems of care are developed that close the gap of timely access to appropriate, life-saving treatments. “At Swedish Medical Center, time, skill and a dynamic multidisciplinary heart team equals stronger hearts and better outcomes,” says Dr. Ira Dauber, Swedish Interventional Cardiologist. Swedish is focused on process improvement, parallel processing, and interdisciplinary cooperation and coordination to successfully restore blood flow and minimize damage to the heart muscle, and improve patient outcomes.