Memorial Hermann Northeast Hospital Vice President of Operations Noel Cardenas presented a certificate of achievement to Atascocita Fire Department Chief of Department Mike Mulligan and members of the department in honor of their achievement of the Mission Lifeline: STEMI Gold Plus Award.

Every year, more than 250,000 people experience STEMI heart attacks 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 medication.

Both Memorial Hermann Northeast Hospital and the Atascocita Fire Department are recipients of the American Heart Association’s Mission Lifeline: STEMI Gold Plus Recognition Award.

The Award is designed to showcase Emergency Medical Service organizations such as the Atascocita Fire Department and STEMI Receiving Centers like Memorial Hermann Northeast Hospital as organizations committed to the highest standard of care for heart attack patients.

The Mission: Lifeline initiative provides tools, training and other resources to support heart attack care following protocols from the most recent evidence-based treatment guidelines. Mission: Lifeline’s EMS recognition program recognizes emergency medical services for their efforts in improving systems of care to rapidly identify suspected heart attack patients, promptly notify the medical center and trigger an early response from the awaiting hospital personnel.

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