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Published on June 24, 2015

Fast Heart Attack Response Saves Lives

SRHS Recognized by American Heart Association

Fast response to a heart attack is crucial for survival.

Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System (SRHS) was recognized for their process of fast tracking heart attack patients with the Mission: Lifeline® Gold Receiving Quality Achievement Award from the American Heart Association.

“Spartanburg Regional is dedicated to improving the quality of care for our patients who suffer a heart attack, and the American Heart Association’s Mission: Lifeline program is helping us accomplish that goal through nationally respected clinical guidelines,” said Sherri Stroud, Director of Cardiovascular Services. “We are pleased to be recognized for our dedication and achievements in cardiac care.”

SRHS earned the award by meeting high performance standards for the quick and appropriate treatment of STEMI, a deadly type of heart attack, patients by providing emergency procedures to re-establish blood flow to blocked arteries. Eligible hospitals must adhere to these measures at a set level for a designated period to receive the awards.

“We encourage the community to call 9-1-1 when they have signs and symptoms of heart attack. When they do, EMS does an EKG in the field, sends the information to the hospital and activates our STEMI system, alerting our STEMI team and a cardiologist,” said Spartanburg Medical Center Chest Pain Center Coordinator Jennifer T. Smith, MSN, RN. “By the time the patient is transported, they are brought immediately to the examining room where a medical team and cardiologists are waiting on them. This decreases treatment time and improves outcomes.”

SRHS emphasizes to the community the importance of calling 9-1-1 versus people transporting themselves to a nearby hospital during a heart attack.

“You never know what will happen during transport, especially in a private vehicle,” Smith said. “EMS are prepared to deal with complications during transport.”

In addition to receiving the Mission: Lifeline Gold Receiving Quality Achievement award, SRHS was also recognized as a recipient of Mission: Lifeline’s Gold-Plus award, which recognizes hospitals that reach an achievement score of 75 percent or greater for treating STEMI and transfer patients within 90 minutes.

Each year in the United States, approximately 250,000 people experience a STEMI, or ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction, caused by a complete blockage of blood flow to the heart. Treatment requires the immediate restoration of blood flow to the heart, either by surgically opening the blocked vessel or the administration of clot-busting medication to prevent death.

The Goal of the American Heart Association’s Mission: Lifeline program is to reduce barriers to prompt treatment for heart attack patients, beginning with the 9-1-1 call through the continuum of care.

About Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System

Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System (SRHS) offers a full spectrum of services through three hospitals: Spartanburg Medical Center, Pelham Medical Center and Spartanburg Hospital for Restorative Care. SRHS provides unparalleled oncological care through the Gibbs Cancer Center & Research Institute. The multidisciplinary Medical Group of the Carolinas has more than 300 physicians across seven counties in two states. SRHS employs nearly 6,000 associates and offers outpatient surgery centers, a vibrant post-acute division, a Level I Trauma Center, and Advicare, a licensed Health Maintenance Organization (HMO). Advicare provides Medicaid services to residents throughout the state of South Carolina. U.S. News and World Report ranked Spartanburg Medical Center the No. 1 regional hospital in South Carolina. The Commission on Cancer gave Gibbs Cancer Center & Research Institute its Outstanding Achievement Award.

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 and

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Upcoming Events

  • Sep
    6:00 PM - 10:00 PM
    Hangar B raises money to support heart health in the community and SRHS heart services.
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