Vassar Brothers Medical Center recognized for heart attack treatment

Posted: 6/10/2019

Vassar Brothers Medical Center has received the Mission: Lifeline® Silver PLUS 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.

Every year, more than 250,000 people experience an ST elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI), the deadliest 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 medication.

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, to EMS transport and continuing through hospital treatment and discharge. The initiative provides tools, training and other resources to support heart attack care following protocols from the most recent evidence-based treatment guidelines.

Vassar Brothers earned the award by meeting specific criteria and standards of performance for quick and appropriate treatment through emergency procedures to re-establish blood flow to blocked arteries in heart attack patients coming into the hospital directly or by transfer from another facility.

"Vassar Brothers Medical Center is committed to improving the quality of care for patients who have had a heart attack,” said Dr. Michael Yen interventional cardiologist and director of vascular services. “We provide a teamwork approach with our local emergency medical services, emergency room physicians, coronary intensive care nurses and intensivists, and referring hospitals in combination with our interventional cardiologists and superb cardiac catherization lab staff that allows for prompt and appropriate treatment.

"We are very pleased to be recognized by the American Heart Association for our dedication and achievements in caring for patients with acute myocardial infarction," he said.

For more information about the heart and vascular program at Vassar Brothers Medical Center, visit For more information about Mission: Lifeline® and the American Heart Association, visit

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