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Astria Regional Medical Center: Only Hospital in Washington State to Receive Distinguished American Heart Association Accreditation for Acute Cardiac Care

YAKIMA, WA (February 28, 2014) — Astria Regional Medical Center Medical & Cardiac Center is the only hospital in the state of Washington to receive the American Heart Association’s Mission: Lifeline® Heart Attack Receiving Center Accreditation. While other hospital programs participate in the registry database, the accreditation program — sponsored by the American Heart Association and the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care —recognizes centers that meet or exceed quality of care measures for people experiencing the most severe type of heart attack, ST-elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI), in which blood flow is completely blocked to a portion of the heart.

Astria Regional Medical Center Medical & Cardiac Center underwent numerous on-site reviews by accreditation specialists from the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care. Key areas in which Astria Regional Medical Center demonstrated exceptional quality of care to receive accreditation include:

  • Cardiac cath lab and physician response times
  • Low transfer times for patients originating from other facilities to our cath lab for cardiac intervention despite an extended geographical reach
  • Advanced contingency plans to allow for extreme weather and disaster circumstances

As a result, Astria Regional Medical Center will display the American Heart Association Mission: Lifeline ® Heart Attack Receiving Center Accreditation certification mark.

“Astria Regional Medical Center Medical & Cardiac Center is thoroughly committed to providing our patients the highest quality cardiac care centered on current scientific research,” said Debra Yergen, spokesperson, Astria Regional Medical Center.  “The American Heart Association’s Mission: Lifeline® Heart Attack Receiving Center Accreditation has highlighted our accomplishments and will improve the overall treatment and care for the patients we serve.”

Through its accreditation program, the American Heart Association hopes to significantly reduce cardiac death by teaching the public to recognize and react to early symptoms of a heart attack, reduce the time it takes to receive lifesaving treatment and increase the accuracy and effectiveness of treatment administered.  

The American Heart Association’s overall goal for Mission: Lifeline® Heart Attack Receiving Center Accreditation is to significantly reduce cardiac death in patients by teaching the public to recognize and react to early symptoms of a heart attack, reduce the time it takes to receive life-saving treatment and increase the accuracy and effectiveness of treatment administered.  

Astria Regional Medical Center Medical & Cardiac Center has been an accredited Chest Pain Center since 2007. The hospital’s comprehensive cardiac care includes the area’s only open heart surgery program, a unique single stay unit, and the region’s only certified cardiac rehabilitation program.

For more information on the American Heart Association Mission: Lifeline® Heart Attack Receiving Center Accreditation, visit  www.heart.org/missionlifeline or www.scpcp.org.