Winchester Medical Center, Frederick County Fire & Rescue and Winchester
Fire & Rescue recently earned 2015 Mission: Lifeline awards from the
American Heart Association in recognition of the consistently prompt evidence-based
care they provide to those experiencing a severe heart attack.
Representatives of the three organizations gathered this morning at Winchester
Medical Center’s Heart & Vascular Center to celebrate, together,
how their efforts improve patient outcomes in the region.
American Heart Association
Winchester Medical Center – “Mission: Lifeline - Bronze Plus
Neal Gaither, MD, Cardiologist, Medical Director, Chest Pain Center
Kayla Roberts, Chest Pain Coordinator, Heart & Vascular Services
Jack Potter, MD, Medical Director, Emergency Medicine
David Miles, Valley Medical Transport
Frederick County Fire & Rescue Dep’t. – “Mission:
Lifeline - Silver EMS” Award
Winchester Fire & Rescue Dep’t. - “Mission: Lifeline -
Bronze EMS” Award
Eddie McClellan, Deputy Chief
J.D. Orndorff, Battalion Chief
From the 9-1-1 call to dispatch to the ambulance to the Emergency Department
to definitive treatment for restoring blood flow through the heart, those
responsible for patient care along the continuum make a difference in
each patient’s ability to survive and thrive.
Each year in the U.S. more than 250,000 people experience a STEMI, or ST
Elevation Myocardial Infarction, a type of heart attack caused by a complete
blockage of blood flow to the heart that requires timely treatment. To
prevent death, it’s critical to restore blood flow as quickly as
possible, either by surgically opening the blocked vessel or by giving
clot-busting medication. The AHA’s Mission: Lifeline seeks to save
lives by closing the gaps that separate STEMI patients from timely access
to appropriate treatments.