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Acadian Ambulance Earns American Heart Association Mission: Lifeline Awards

July 11, 2017-Nine of Acadian Ambulance's service area districts have received the American Heart Association's Mission: Lifeline® EMS Award for implementing quality improvement measures for the treatment of patients who experience severe heart attacks.

Acadian's Jackson County, Mississippi, and Austin, Texas, service areas earned the Mission: Lifeline Gold Award. Gold award recipients have achieved a minimum of 75 percent for each required measure for two calendar years, treated at least eight STEMI patients in the 2016 calendar year, and must have earned a Silver Award in the previous year.

Acadian's Houston, Texas, service area earned the Mission: Lifeline Silver Award. Silver award recipients have demonstrated at least 75 percent compliance for each required achievement measure for three months, and treated at least eight STEMI patients for the year.

Acadian's Bayou (including Houma and Thibodaux), Central Louisiana (including Alexandria), Hub City (including Lafayette and New Iberia), New Orleans, Northshore (including Hammond and Covington), and South Central Texas (including Bexar County) regions have earned the Mission: Lifeline Bronze Award. Bronze award recipients have demonstrated at least 75 percent compliance for each required achievement measure for three months, and treated at least four STEMI patients for the year.

"Acadian is dedicated to making our medical team among the best in the country, and the American Heart Association's Mission: Lifeline program is helping us accomplish that by implementing processes for improving STEMI systems of care with the goal of improving the quality of care for all STEMI patients," said Acadian Chief Medical Officer Dr. Chuck Burnell. "We are pleased to be recognized for our dedication and achievements in emergency medical care for STEMI patients."

"EMTs and paramedics play a vital part in the system of care for those who have heart attacks," said Nancy Brown, Chief Executive Officer of the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association. "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 Acadian Ambulance for achieving these awards that shows it meets evidence-based guidelines in the treatment of people who have severe heart attacks."

Since 1971, Acadian has been dedicated to providing the highest level of emergency medical care and transportation possible. The company has expanded to include a diverse suite of services designed to offer the very best support and education in health, safety, and transportation.

 

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