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Victoria hospitals receive quality awards for high standard of heart care

July 5, 2012 at 2:05 a.m.


DeTar Hospital Navarro and Citizens Medical Center qualified for the American Heart Association's Mission: Lifeline Bronze Quality Achievement Award for implementing higher standards of care for heart attack patients.

The higher standard of care deals with improving the survival and care of ST Elevation Myocardial Infarction patients.

About 250,000 people suffer these types of heart attacks and often die or have long-term damage from slow treatment. The mission: Lifeline achievement seeks to save lives by closing the gaps and speeding up the time of the heart attack to the time the patient is in the hospitals' cath lab.

Both hospitals have improved their care in acute treatment measures and discharge measures. The live-saving treatments are done right and fast with aggressive risk-reduction therapies like ACE inhibitors, beta-blockers and aspirin being given before being discharged, according to news releases.

"Citizens Medical Center is dedicated to making our cardiac unit among the best in the country, and the American Heart Association's Mission: Lifeline program is helping us accomplish that by making it easier for our professionals to improve the outcomes of our cardiac patients," said registered nurse Suzanne Stone, Citizens' Chest Pain Center coordinator.

DeTar was also excited about its qualification.

"We are pleased to be recognized for our dedication and achievements in cardiac care," said William Blanchard, DeTar chief executive officer.

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