Bozeman Health Deaconess Hospital received the Mission: Lifeline® Gold
Receiving Quality Achievement Award for implementing specific quality
improvement measures outlined by the American Heart Association for the
treatment of patients who suffer severe heart attacks.
The event took place on Wednesday, July 20 at 8 am in the Bozeman Health Atrium.
Every year, more than 250,000 people experience an ST elevation myocardial
infarction (STEMI) the most deadly type of heart attack caused by a blockage
of blood flow to the heart that requires timely treatment. To prevent
death, it’s critical to restore blood flow as quickly as possible,
either by mechanically opening the blocked vessel or by providing clot‐busting
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.
Bozeman Health Deaconess Hospital is recognized for having an 85% composite
adherence and at least 24 consecutive months of 75% or higher compliance
on all Mission: Lifeline STEMI Receiving Center quality measures to improve
the quality of care for STEMI patients.
“Bozeman Health Deaconess 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
Sloane Kitowski, RT(R), RCIS, Supervisor of the Cardiac‐Vascular Lab and
STEMI Coordinator for Bozeman Health Deaconess Hospital. “We are
pleased to be recognized for our dedication and achievements in cardiac
care, and I am very proud of our team.”
“We commend Bozeman Health Deaconess Hospital for this achievement
award, which reflects a significant institutional commitment to the highest
quality of care for their heart attack patients,” said James G.
Jollis, MD, Chair of the Mission: Lifeline Advisory Working Group. “Achieving
this award means the hospital has met specific reporting and achievement
measures for the treatment of their patients who suffer heart attacks
and we applaud them for their commitment to quality and timely care.”
Bozeman Health Deaconess Hospital earned this award by meeting specific
criteria and standards of performance for the quick and appropriate treatment
of STEMI patients by providing emergency procedures to reestablish blood
flow to blocked arteries when needed. Eligible hospitals must adhere to
these measures at a set level for a designated period to receive the awards.