Published on June 29, 2017

Parkview earns high marks on heart attack response

(Pueblo, CO) –  Parkview Medical Center is proud to announce that it has been honored by the American Heart Association’s Mission Lifeline with its Gold Plus award for receiving patients with heart attacks, referred to as ST Elevation Myocardial Infarctions (STEMI).

The award is given to hospitals that perform well in a number of categories from the times it takes for emergency medical responders to get a STEMI heart attack victim to the hospital, the time it takes to get an EKG reading, and how quickly the patient gets to the cardiac catheterization lab.

To achieve a gold standard in receiving Parkview had to achieve an 85 percent or higher composite score in all aspects of heart attacks and a 75-percent compliance score, or better, on all quality measures for 24 consecutive months.

Parkview significantly exceeded those marks. The American Heart Association’s standard for “door-to-balloon” time for a STEMI patient to get from the door of the emergency room to the opening of a blocked artery is 90 minutes.

In 2016, Parkview averaged 65.5 minutes from door to balloon.

Such an achievement is only possible through intense communication and collaboration among departments within the hospital, Pueblo Cardiology Associates, as well as first responders such at the Pueblo and Pueblo West fire departments and AMR.

Parkview Medical Center’s emergency department begins coordination with its cardiac catheterization lab as soon as a call comes in for a heart attack. STEMI patients are seen almost immediately and the cath lab is prepared to take those patients as soon as they’re admitted through the ER.

“Our goal continues to be to encourage the public to act early when they have symptoms of a heart attack,” said Barry Royce, director of Parkview Medical Center’s cardiovascular services. “Early recognition and treatment will decrease the long-term effects.”

Parkview’s partnership with REACH Air allows patients from throughout Southeastern Colorado to get the emergency care they need as well.

Renee Elwell, director of Parkview’s Emergency Department said the collaboration between departments and with EMS provides crucial Service to the entire region.

“I always like to say that we believe that where you live shouldn’t dictate if you live,” Elwell said.

In addition to meeting the gold standard for receiving, Parkview earned a silver recognition from Mission Lifeline for non-STEMI heart attack treatment. For that award, Parkview met the same standards as the Gold award, but for 12 consecutive months.

“These two awards are an example of how Parkview’s care teams collaborate across departments starting with the emergency responders to provide outstanding care to Pueblo and Southern Colorado,” said Mike Baxter, President and CEO of Parkview Medical Center. “To know Parkview’s team not only meets the American Heart Association’s standards but far exceed them in drastically reducing the time it takes to get a patient though our ER to our Cath lab is a source of pride for Parkview and a reminder of the high quality of care we provide.” 

About Parkview Medical Center

Founded in 1923, Parkview Health System in Pueblo, Colorado, offers general acute healthcare and health specialty services. As a private, non-profit organization, Parkview is licensed for 350 beds and provides a full range of healthcare services including a verified Level III Trauma Center along with exceptional comprehensive cardiac and orthopedic care. Parkview Health System is the leader in all service lines in our service area. As a vital healthcare source, Parkview’s service area includes Pueblo County and 14 surrounding counties, which together represent 370,000 total lives.

Parkview Health System is the largest non-government, nonprofit, private sector employer in Pueblo County with approximately 3,000 employees and provides a skilled medical staff of over 370 physicians. The impact of our workforce triggers a strong impact on the community as Parkview’s annual payroll contributes $232 million to the economy.