Westlake EMS Earns Prestigious American Heart Association Award

Westlake EMS was presented with a prestigious American Heart Association Award at the Sept. 6 meeting of City Council.

‘Mission Lifeline’ is the American Heart Association’s national initiative to advance the System of Care for patients with acute, high-risk time sensitive life and/or quality of life threatening disease states, including heart attack, stroke and cardiac arrest.

“On behalf of all the staff and volunteers of the American Heart Association, I would like to present the Westlake Fire Department with the American Heart Association’s Mission Lifeline 2018 EMS Gold Plus Performance Achievement award,” said the AHA’s Alex Kuhn.

The award recognizes the critical life-saving role EMS provides to the overall success of STEMI systems of care.

Westlake Fire Chief James Hughes accepts the Mission Lifeline Award from Alex Kuhn of the American Heart Association as Dan Ellenberger, Dir., EMS Inst,., University Hospitals look on.

“The Westlake Fire Department is part of elite group of prehospital agencies in the US focused on not just “high-functioning” but also “high-quality” STEMI systems of care,” said Kuhn

The Westlake Fire Department joins just 497 other EMS agencies in the US and is one of 48 other EMS agencies in Ohio that are receiving the 2018 American Heart Association Mission: Lifeline EMS Performance Achievement Award.

Westlake was also awarded the Gold Plus Performance Achievement Award for 75 per cent or higher compliance in each EMS quality measure for 24 months.

“Today, we’re celebrating lives saved because of the hard work and dedication of the Westlake Fire Department and your hospital partners,” said Kuhn.From 2006 to 2016 the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has reported nearly a 32% decrease in the age-adjusted mortality rate for adults 35 years or older from heart attacks in Cuyahoga County.

“The communities served by the Westlake Fire Department should be very proud of their prehospital care professionals.”

The department was also honored by UH St. John Medical Center with a special plaque for excellence in care of cardiovascular patients.

Dan Ellenberger, Dir., EMS Institute University Hospitals, and Linda Owen, Manager Cardiovascular Services UH St. John made the presentation.

Westlake EMS team members look on as Westlake Fire Chief James Hughes accepts prestigious care awards from the American Heart Association and UH St. John at last week’s city council meeting.

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