Columbus Regional Hospital has received the Mission: Lifeline Silver Plus Quality Achievement Award from the American Heart Association.
The Mission: Lifeline program measures implementation of specific quality improvement processes outlined by the heart association for patients who have severe heart attacks. The goal is to streamline care to quickly get heart attack patients to hospital treatment.
In order to earn the designation, hospitals must meet specific criteria and standards outlined by the association, including appropriate and timely treatment of a blocked artery, aggressive risk-reduction therapies such as cholesterol-lowering medication and smoking cessation counseling, if needed. Eligible hospitals must adhere to these measures at a set level for a designated period to receive the award.