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Published on August 29, 2016

Abington Hospital - Jefferson Health Honored with Mission: Lifeline Gold-Plus Award

ABINGTON, PA.  (August 29, 2016) — Abington Hospital -Jefferson Health recently received the Mission: Lifeline® Gold-Plus Receiving Quality Achievement Award for implementing specific quality improvement measures outlined by the American Heart Association for the treatment of patients who suffer severe heart attacks.

“During a heart attack, every second is critical. This award from the American Heart Association shows our team’s dedication to connecting our patients with life-saving treatments as quickly as possible,” said Bruce Klugherz, M.D., interventional cardiologist and Director of the Catheterization Lab at Abington Hospital. “As a receiving center for patients experiencing a heart attack, we work closely with our referring partners to ensure the best care for our patients, which is reflected in the Gold-Plus recognition.”

Every year, more than 250,000 people experience an ST elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI), the most deadly 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.

In addition to receiving the Mission: Lifeline Gold Receiving award, Abington Hospital is recognized as a recipient of Mission: Lifeline’s Gold-Plus award, which recognizes the hospital has not only reached an achievement score of 75 percent or greater on all Mission: Lifeline Receiving Center Quality Measures, but also for achieving at least a 75 percent achievement on First Door to Device time in under 120 minutes for STEMI patients transferred in from other facilities.

“We are proud to be recognized by the American Heart Association for the quality care we provide to our patients experiencing a heart attack,” said Andrew Fireman, M.D., cardiologist at Abington Hospital. “We are committed to our patients and the Mission: Lifeline goal of reducing system barriers to prompt treatment for heart attacks, beginning with the 9-1-1 call and continuing through hospital treatment.”

Abington Hospital is recognized for having an 85 percent composite adherence and at least 24 consecutive months of 75 percent or higher compliance on all Mission: Lifeline STEMI Receiving Center quality measures to improve the quality of care for STEMI patients.

“We commend Abington Hospital -Jefferson Health for this achievement award, which reflects a significant institutional commitment to the highest quality of care for their heart attack patients,” said James G. Jollis, M.D., Chair of the Mission: Lifeline Advisory Working Group. “Achieving this award means the hospital has met specific reporting and achievement measures for the treatment of their patients who suffer heart attacks and we applaud them for their commitment to quality and timely care.”


About Abington – Jefferson Health
Abington – Jefferson Health encompasses Abington Hospital in Abington, Abington – Lansdale Hospital in Hatfield Township, two urgent Care Centers and five convenient outpatient facilities, which include Abington Health Center – Willow Grove, Abington Health Center – Warminster, Abington Health Center – Blue Bell, Abington Health Center – Lower Gwynedd and Abington Health Center – Montgomeryville. More than 1,400 physicians are on staff at both Abington Hospital and Abington – Lansdale Hospital. In addition, some physicians are members of Abington Health Physicians, an employed network of primary care physicians and specialists. Abington – Jefferson Health is part of Jefferson Health and Jefferson, a newly formed organization dedicated to providing the highest quality, compassionate clinical care for patients, educating the health professionals of tomorrow, and discovering new treatments and therapies that will define the future of health care.
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

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