For Immediate Release
Medic Receives 2014 Mission: Lifeline® EMS Silver Level Recognition Award
Mecklenburg EMS Agency honored with national award for heart attack treatment and survival rates
CHARLOTTE, NC (April 30, 2014) - Mecklenburg EMS Agency has just been announced as the 2014 Mission: Lifeline® EMS Silver Level Recognition Award winner by the American Heart Association (AHA).
Medic received this prestigious national award for its reality-based employee training, quality improvement measures and highly successful collaboration with area hospital systems in the treatment and survival rates of STEMI (heart attack) patients.
"A tremendous amount of work has been put into the processes surrounding STEMI diagnosis and treatment here in Mecklenburg County,” said Josef H. Penner, Executive Director of Medic. “In addition to the outstanding efforts of our Paramedics, focused collaboration with area cardiologists and both hospital systems makes this level of success attainable. Nobody wants to have a cardiac related emergency but, if you do, Mecklenburg County is where you want to be.”
The Mission: Lifeline® EMS Silver Level Recognition Award is currently the highest AHA award for demonstrated quality in STEMI care by EMS. Award finalists were ranked based on the following achievement measures, for at least one and up to three calendar quarters, with no single measure below 75%:
- Percentage of patients with non-traumatic chest pain > 35 years of age, treated and transported by EMS who receives a pre-hospital 12 Lead ECG.
- Percentage of STEMI patients transported to a STEMI Receiving Center, with pre-hospital First Medical Contact (FMC) to Device (PCI) < 90 Minutes.
- Percentage of STEMI patients transported to a STEMI Referring Center with Arrival (to Referring Center) to Fibrinolytic Therapy administration in <30 Minutes.
Medic is extremely proud of the pre-hospital clinical care delivered in Mecklenburg County on a daily basis. This latest distinction is just another example of the Agency’s long standing commitment to excellence through performance-driven outcomes.
About Mecklenburg EMS Agency (Medic)
Medic has served as Mecklenburg County’s EMS agency since 1978. Medic is a joint government agency ran by the county of Mecklenburg, Novant Health System and Carolina Healthcare System. Medic is the busiest Emergency Medical Services agency in the State of North Carolina, with close to 500 employees and a fleet of 80 ambulances, mass casualty vehicles, and emergency response assets. Medic responds to more than 120,000 calls into the organization’s 9-1-1 emergency response dispatch center each year.
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