PBGMC Honored with Mission: Lifeline Achievement Award

Jun 1, 2016

Palm Beach Gardens, June 2016
— Palm Beach Gardens Medical Center receives the Mission: Lifeline® STEMI Receiving Center - Gold Plus 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 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 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 and continuing through hospital treatment.  Palm Beach Gardens Medical Center is recognized for having an 85 percent composite adherence and at least 24 consecutive months of 75 percent or higher compliance on all Mission: Lifeline Receiving Center quality measures. The hospital earned the Gold-Plus status by achieving at least a 75 percent achievement on First Door to Device time under 120 minutes for STEMI transfer patients from other facilities.


“As one of the top cardiac hospitals in Palm Beach County, Palm Beach Gardens Medical Center strives every year to improve the lives of patients who suffer from heart disease,” said Jeffrey M. Welch, CEO.  “The Mission: Lifeline program allows us to reach our goals through nationally-recognized guidelines.  I am very proud of the medical staff, and employees who made this possible.” 


Since performing the first open-heart surgery in Palm Beach County and the Treasure Coast, The Heart and Vascular Institute at Palm Beach Gardens Medical Center remains one of the area’s top heart hospitals. With a team that consists of highly skilled cardiologists, cardiothoracic surgeons, nurses, physical therapists, respiratory therapists, dieticians, pharmacists and other clinical staff, the hospital has performed over 16,000 open-heart surgeries and more than 100,000 cardiac catheterizations to date.  

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