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Published on June 15, 2016

North Kansas City Hospital Achieves Lifeline Gold Receiving Award

Mission: Lifeline GoldEach year, more than 250,000 people suffer from a STEMI (ST-Elevation Myocardial Infarction) heart attack. It is the deadliest form of heart attack, making a quick response critical to survival.

At North Kansas City Hospital, the time between when a patient arrives in the ER to when he receives care in the Cardiac Catheterization Lab beats national recommendations. Because of this rapid response time, North Kansas City Hospital received the American Heart Association’s Mission: Lifeline Gold Receiving Quality Achievement award.

The Mission: Gold Lifeline award recognizes North Kansas City Hospital’s commitment to and success in providing high quality heart attack care, especially as it relates to STEMI patients. The hospital’s STEMI program ensures patients receive treatment according to nationally accepted standards and recommendations.

“We are dedicated to continuously improving the quality and speed of care for our heart attack patients,” said Michael Graves, senior director of cardiovascular services and staffing operations at North Kansas City Hospital. “We are honored to be recognized for our dedication and achievements.”

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. 

About North Kansas City Hospital and Meritas Health

For more than half a century, North Kansas City Hospital has been the Northland’s preferred healthcare provider. The hospital serves the community with 451 licensed beds, more than 3,000 employees, and 520 physicians representing 46 medical specialties. From a Level III neonatal intensive care unit to home health and hospice services, NKCH provides a lifetime of care.

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

Through its Meritas Health subsidiary, North Kansas City Hospital offers the largest network of physician practices in the Northland, with 135 physicians and advanced practitioners in 30 convenient locations, including express care clinics in the Liberty and Gladstone Hy-Vee stores. 

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 60 charitable and community organizations and served more than 24,000 people through its dynamic Community Health & Wellness programs. And, it recently became the first hospital in Kansas City to offer a zero-percent financing option to help patients manage their medical expenses.  

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