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.

This year, we are proud to share that Harborview Medical Center has earned the American Heart Association Mission: Lifeline Silver STEMI Award! Harborview sets an exemplary standard for the greater Seattle area, time and time again, with their attention to detail and treatment for their patients. Meeting a specific criteria and standards of performance for quick and appropriate care 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, they’ve shown why they are one of the best.

Congratulations to Harborview Medical Center on receiving the American Heart Association Mission: Lifeline Silver STEMI Award!