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Winchester-Frederick County Heart Attack Care Earns Recognition

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

  • John Dugan, Director of Clinical Systems Improvement, Mid-Atlantic region

Winchester Medical Center – “Mission: Lifeline - Bronze Plus Receiving” Award

  • 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

  • Larry Oliver, Deputy Chief

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.