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    PRESS RELEASE:
    Memorial Medical Center Receives American Heart Association’s Mission: Lifeline Bronze Quality Achievement Award for Heart Attack Care

    For more information, contact:
    Craig Baize,
    Marketing & Communications, 209-572-5900

    Modesto, May 21, 2013 – Sutter Health's Memorial Medical Center (MMC) has received the American Heart Association's Mission: Lifeline® Bronze Receiving Quality Achievement Award. The award recognizes MMC's commitment and success in implementing a high standard of care for heart attack patients.

    Bronze Receiving 2013 Mission: Lifeline, Amercian Heart Association Logo

    Each year in the United States, nearly 300,000 people have a STEMI, or ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction, the most severe form of heart attack. A STEMI occurs when a blood clot completely blocks an artery to the heart. To prevent death, it's critical to immediately restore blood flow, either by surgically opening the blocked vessel or by giving clot-busting medication.

    Hospitals involved in Mission: Lifeline are part of a system that makes sure STEMI patients get the right care they need, as quickly as possible. Mission: Lifeline focuses on improving the system of care for these patients and at the same time improving care for all heart attack patients.

    "As a STEMI Receiving Hospital, MMC meets high standards of performance in quick and appropriate treatment of STEMI patients to open blocked arteries," said Dr. Hassan Hussain, M.D., F.A.C.C., F.S.C.A.I., medical director for MMC's STEMI Receiving center/Chest Pain Center. "Before they are discharged, patients are started on aggressive risk reduction therapies such as cholesterol-lowering drugs, aspirin, ACE inhibitors and beta-blockers and they receive smoking cessation counseling if needed."

    Hospitals must adhere to these guidelines-based measures at a set level for a designated period of time to be eligible for the achievement awards.

    "MMC is dedicated to making our cardiac unit among the best in the country, and the American Heart Association's Mission: Lifeline program is helping us accomplish that by making it easier for our professionals to improve the outcomes of our cardiac patients," said Mary Velasquez, RN, NP, MMC's STEMI Center Program Manager. "We are pleased to be recognized for our dedication and achievements in cardiac care, and I am very proud of our team."

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    About Memorial Medical Center’:
    Memorial Medical Center is part of Sutter Health, a family of not-for-profit hospitals, physician organizations and other medical services that share resources and expertise to advance health care quality and access. Serving more than 100 communities in Northern California, Sutter Health is a regional leader in cardiac care, cancer treatment, orthopedics, obstetrics, and newborn intensive care, and is a pioneer in advanced patient safety technology. For more information, visit memorialmedicalcenter.org.

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    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 clinical treatment guidelines. For more information, visit heart.org/missionlifeline and heart.org/quality.