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Chambersburg Hospital honored by heart association

July 24, 2011
  • Alexander Kuhn, vice president of Mission: Lifeline for the American Heart Association, left, presents staff and physicians at Chambersburg (Pa.) Hospital with the American Heart Associations Mission: Lifeline Silver Performance Achievement Award. Staff and physician representatives from cardiology services, critical care, the emergency department and radiology were present for the award presentation.
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CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. — Chambersburg Hospital was awarded the American Heart Association's Mission: Lifeline Silver Performance Achievement Award.

The award recognizes the hospital's commitment and success in implementing a higher standard of care for heart attack patients that effectively improves the survival and care of ST-elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) patients. According to the American Heart Association, every year, almost 250,000 people experience the STEMI type of heart attack.  

The hospital's interventional cardiology program continues to meet and exceed the American Heart Association and American College of Cardiology's national guidelines for door-to-balloon times of 90 minutes. Door-to-balloon time is the amount of time it takes to get a patient from the door of the emergency department to the cardiac catheterization lab and open a blocked artery with balloons and stents.

Today, the hospital's medical teams in the emergency department and cardiac catheterization lab can, on average, receive a heart attack patient and open a blocked artery in 61 minutes or less.

For more information about Chambersburg Hospital's interventional cardiology program, go to  www.summithealth.org/scs.

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