(Batesville, ARK.) — White River Medical Center (WRMC) received the American Heart Association Mission: Lifeline® Bronze Plus Receiving Quality Achievement Award. The award recognizes implementation of specific quality improvement measures 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. 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. WRMC 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. “White River Medical Center is dedicated to providing optimal care for heart attack patients,” said Gary Paxson, WRMC Administrator. “We are pleased to be recognized for our dedication and achievements in cardiac care through Mission: Lifeline.” “We commend White River Medical Center for this award in recognition for following evidence-based guidelines for timely heart attack treatment,” said Tim Henry, M.D., Chair of the Mission: Lifeline Acute Coronary Syndrome Subcommittee. “We applaud the significant institutional commitment to their critical role in the system of care for quickly and appropriately treating heart attack patients.” Photo Caption: From left to right: Joyce Taylor, Executive Director, Central Arkansas Office American Heart Association; Doyle Cockrill, WRMC Cath Lab Director; Shane Wood, WRMC ED Manager; Kristen Waller, RN, Quality & Systems Improvement Director American Heart Association – Arkansas ### About White River Medical Center : WRMC is a 224-bed regional referral center and the flagship facility of White River Health System. (WRHS) is a not-for-profit healthcare system serving residents throughout North Central Arkansas. The system includes hospitals, outpatient facilities, primary care and specialty physician office practices, and Senior Life Centers. WRHS is a member of the Premier Alliance, the American Hospital Association, and the Arkansas Hospital Association and licensed by the Arkansas Department of Health. About Mission: Lifeline The American Heart Association’s Mission: Lifeline program helps hospitals and emergency medical services develop systems of care that follow proven standards and procedures for STEMI patients. The program works by mobilizing teams across the continuum of care to implement American Heart Association/American College of Cardiology Foundation clinical treatment guidelines. For more information, visit heart.org.