We are excited to announce that the team at Gold Cross Ambulance has been awarded Gold Plus status for the 2022 Mission: Lifeline® – EMS Recognition. This honor is awarded by the American Heart Associated to a select group of prehospital providers for their commitment and success in implementing a higher standard of care for their patients.

Lifeline EMS recognition is a program designed to showcase Emergency Medical Service organizations across the nation for excellent ST-Elevation Myocardial Infarction (STEMI) care. Prehospital personnel are the first providers of care to patients suffering from cardiac emergencies. The role of EMS in the system-of-care for these patients is crucial and often sets the course for the patient’s outcome. The Mission: Lifeline EMS recognition program launched in 2014 and continues to celebrate the achievement of the pre-hospital providers and their collaboration with each other and destination hospitals specific to STEMI patient care.

Gold Cross Awarded Highest Distinction

Fittingly, the team at Gold Cross Ambulance earned the Gold Plus designation, which is the highest honor in the American Heart Association’s Lifeline recognition program. There are six levels of recognition: Bronze, Bronze Plus, Silver, Silver Plus, Gold and Gold Plus. Here’s a little more information on what it takes to earn Gold Plus status from the American Heart Association.

First, care providers must meet the Gold recognition requirements, which include:

“Agencies earn Gold recognition with a minimum patient volume of at least 8 STEMI patients transported directly to a STEMI Receiving Center for Primary Percutaneous Coronary Intervention and/or STEMI Referring Hospital for fibrinolytic administration and for achieving 75% or higher adherence over at least one consecutive 24 month interval all Mission: Lifeline® EMS quality measures to improve the quality of care for STEMI patients.”

In addition to meeting the above requirements, care providers also needed to meet the following standard in order to earn the Gold Plus status:

“Achieve at least 75% of those patients who received a 12 Lead Electrocardiogram (measure 1 numerator volume), the percentage of 12 Lead Electrocardiograms performed ≤10 minutes of EMS First Medical Contact on patients with an initial complaint non-traumatic chest pain/acute coronary syndrome symptoms who are ≥ 35 years of age.”

That may sound a bit complex, but by awarding the Gold Cross Ambulance Services team with the Gold Plus distinction, the American Heart Association is essentially saying that if you ever find yourself dealing with a cardiovascular event or heart attack, you’re in good hands if you trust your care to the team at Gold Cross. Hopefully you’ll never need to experience this care first hand, but it’s nice to know that we’re here for the community in the event of an emergency.

Congrats to everyone who helped us earn this distinction, and we’ll continue to provide the highest level of heart care in the area so that we can earn the Gold Plus distinction again in 2023!

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