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Published on August 26, 2015

Hospital Achieves 2015 Mission: Lifeline Silver Receiving Center Award

Mission LifelineNorth Kansas City Hospital (NKCH) has achieved the 2015 Mission: Lifeline® Silver Receiving Quality Achievement Award for implementing specific quality improvement measures outlined by the American Heart Association for the treatment for patients who suffer severe heart attacks.

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.

“North Kansas City Hospital is 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 Michael Graves, director of cardiovascular services at North Kansas City Hospital. “We are pleased to be recognized for our dedication and achievements in cardiac care.”

Each year in the United States, approximately 250,000 people have a severe type of heart attack with complete blockage of blood flow to the heart. To prevent death, it’s critical to immediately restore blood flow, either by surgically opening the blocked vessel or by giving clot-busting medication.
North Kansas City Hospital earned the award by meeting specific criteria and standards of performance for the quick and appropriate treatment to heart attack patients. Eligible hospitals must adhere to these measures at a set level for a designated period of time to receive the award.

About North Kansas City Hospital

For more than half a century, North Kansas City Hospital has been the Northland’s preferred healthcare provider. NKCH is an acute-care facility with 451 licensed beds and 550 physicians representing 49 medical specialties. From a Level III neonatal intensive care unit, to award-winning cardiovascular and orthopedic programs, to home health and hospice, NKCH provides a lifetime of care.

NKCH offers advanced treatment options, including world class cancer care through a partnership with the region’s only National Cancer Institute-designated program.

Through its Meritas Health subsidiary, North Kansas City Hospital offers a premier network of healthcare experts who provide patient care services for all aspects of life, including pregnancy and childbirth, pediatric and primary care, specialty and surgical care, and occupational and rehabilitation medicine.

The hospital’s mission, vision and values reflect a strong commitment to the health and well-being of the Northland community and beyond. Last year, NKCH sponsored 50 charitable and community organizations and served more than 17,000 people through its dynamic Community Health & Wellness programs. And, it recently became the first hospital in Kansas City to offer zero-percent financing options to help patients manage their medical expenses.

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 patients. The program works by mobilizing teams across the continuum of care to implement American Heart Association/American College of Cardiology Foundation clinical treatment guidelines. For more information, visit heart.org/missionlifeline and heart.org/quality.

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