Westlake Fire Department Receives Lifeline EMS Recognition Award

Linda Owens, Cardiology Nurse Manager, and Matthew Sheehan, EMS Coordinator, University Hospitals St. John Medical Center (UHSJMC); Captain Clayton Kovats, Firefighter-Paramedics Robert Thompson, Adam O’Neill, and Patrick Grealis, Lieutenant Ryan Clifford, Firefighter-Paramedic Steve Reuter, Dr. Atul Hulyalkar, Cardiologist, UHSJMC, and Alexander Kuhn of the American Heart Association.

The City of Westlake Fire Department has received the American Heart Association’s Mission: Lifeline® EMS Gold Award for implementing quality improvement measures for the treatment of patients who experience severe heart attacks. The department first received the award in 2016.

The award was presented at the Westlake City Council Meeting July 27.

The award signifies Westlake EMS efficiency in providing timely intervention to ST elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) victims, the deadliest type of heart attack caused by a blockage of blood flow to the heart that requires timely treatment.

Mission: Lifeline seeks to save lives by closing the gaps that separate these patients from timely access to appropriate treatments. By using the correct tools, training, and practices Westlake EMS providers can rapidly identify suspected heart attack patients, promptly notify the medical center, and trigger an early response from the awaiting hospital personnel.

Agencies that receive the Mission: Lifeline Gold award have demonstrated at least 75 percent compliance for each required achievement measure for two years.

“EMTs and paramedics play a vital part in the system of care for those who have heart attacks,” said James Jollis, M.D., Chair of the Mission: Lifeline Advisory Working Group. “Since they often are the first medical point of contact, they can shave precious minutes of life-saving treatment time by activating the emergency response system that alerts hospitals. We applaud the Westlake Fire Department for achieving this award that shows it meets evidence-based guidelines in the treatment of people who have severe heart attacks.”

“The City of Westlake is committed to making continual improvements in the delivery of service to our residents and visitors,” said Mayor Dennis M. Clough. “We are proud of the leadership and members of the Fire Department for following the latest research-based standards for severe heart attacks which helps save lives. We also join in congratulating them as they are recognized nationally by the Mission: Lifeline program for their dedication and achievements in emergency medical care for all cardiac patients.”

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