Palms of Pasadena Hospital September 20, 2018

St. Petersburg, FL — Palms of Pasadena Hospital has earned a place in the American Heart Association roster of hospitals recognized for achievement in the Mission: Lifeline®, a program that promotes quality treatment for STEMI (ST-elevation myocardial infarction) and NSTEMI (non-ST-elevation myocardial infarction) acute coronary syndrome. The American Heart Association, the world’s leading voluntary organization dedicated to building healthier lives, free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke, believes everyone who has heart disease or a stroke should receive treatment at a hospital with the resources to correctly and consistently make time-critical decisions. This recognition demonstrates Palms of Pasadena Hospital’s high commitment to following the guidelines and improving patient outcomes.

The list of award-winning hospitals appears in a 2018 U.S. News & World Report "Best Hospitals" issue congratulatory ad. Palms of Pasadena Hospital was recognized as a STEMI Gold Referring, level recipient in heart attack care.

Mission: Lifeline was developed by the American Heart Association to help healthcare professionals align heart attack care with the most up-to-date scientific treatment guidelines. The treatment guidelines have been demonstrated to improve survival and care for people who suffer life-threatening heart attacks. Hospitals must follow guideline measures at a set level for a designated period of time to be eligible for achievement awards.

According to the American Heart Association, approximately 790,000 people in the U.S. experience a heart attack each year. Of those, about 114,000 die. Many of those deaths take place because appropriate treatment is not received in time. The Mission: Lifeline program helps hospitals collaborate in systems of care that work to close gaps to timely access to appropriate lifesaving treatments.

"We know how valuable guideline-driven care is to our heart attack patients," said Jake Fisher, CEO. "Everyone at our hospital is proud to be recognized for our efforts and appreciative of the support and tools provided through Mission: Lifeline."

About Mission: Lifeline

The American Heart Association’s Mission: Lifeline® program helps hospitals and emergency medical services develop systems of care that follow proven standards and procedures for STEMI and NSTEMI patients. The program mobilizes teams across the continuum of care to implement American Heart Association/American College of Cardiology clinical treatment guidelines. For more information, visit heart.org/quality and find a recognized hospital near you.