WHEELING - Wheeling Hospital has been recognized for the second consecutive year for its speed and effectiveness in treating a life-threatening type of heart-attack known as a STEMI.
The hospital has earned a Bronze Performance Achievement Award from the American Heart Association for achievement in its Mission: Lifeline program. The program was created to help ensure prompt, evidence-based care for STEMI patients.
Ron Violi, Wheeling Hospital chief executive officer, praised the work of the cardiac team in the emergency room, cardiac cath lab, intermediate and intensive care units.
"This isn't something that just happens. It takes plenty of planning and experience to make the care process one smooth operation," he said.
He said interventional cardiologists are available at Wheeling Hospital at all hours to perform balloon angioplasty to restore blood flow. The physicians are backed by the nurses in the cardiac cath lab and radiology technicians, he said.
Dr. Robert Fanning, Wheeling Hospital's director of cardiac services, praised the work of local emergency medical responders.
"As first responders, they are our eyes and ears," Fanning said. "They stabilize patients and keep us informed of the patient's condition, so we are better prepared to render care once the patient arrives here. This teamwork saves lives."
The Mission: Lifeline program seeks to save lives by closing the gap separating STEMI patients from timely access to appropriate treatment, improving the system of care for STEMI patients and improving care for all heart attack patients.
Hospitals in the Mission: Lifeline program strive to improve care in acute treatment and discharge measures.
Before patients are discharged, they are started on aggressive risk reduction therapies in the hospital such as cholesterol-lowering drugs, aspirin, ACE inhibitors and beta-blockers and, when appropriate, receive smoking cessation counseling.