Gwinnett Citizen News

American Heart Association honors GMC with three awards for outstanding achievements in patient care

Gwinnett Medical Center (GMC) announced today it has been recognized by The American Heart Association for its world-class care for heart attack and stroke patients.

Two Mission Lifeline Awards recognize GMC for implementing effective treatment methods to reduce mortality rates from non-ST-elevation myocardial infarction (NSTEMI) and ST-elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI), the deadliest form of a heart attack.

The Get With The Guidelines award acknowledges hospitals that treat stroke patients with distinct criteria of care from initial visit to patient discharge.

The Mission Lifeline: NSTEMI Gold Achievement Award and the Mission: Lifeline Gold Plus Receiving Quality Achievement Award, which was awarded for GMC's STEMI care, are part of the American Heart Association's initiative to promote more effective treatment of NSTEMI and STEMI with prompt and efficient care. The awards honor health systems that implement specific criteria and use advanced medical technologies in treating NSTEMI and STEMI patients to quickly re-establish blood flow to blocked arteries.

Additionally, Gwinnett Medical Center received the American Heart Association's Get With The Guidelines Target: Stroke Honor Roll Elite-Plus Gold-Plus Quality Achievement Award. This approach to stroke treatment places speedy patient recovery as well as reducing disability and death at the forefront of patient care. GMC was recognized for its adherence to strict program guidelines and achieving the American Heart Association's highest standards in patient care.

"We are honored to have been recognized by the American Heart Association as a health system committed to quality care," said Gwinnett Medical Center's Chief Nursing Officer and Vice President Pam Garland. "The resources provided through this initiative have helped us track and improve upon our patient outcomes and we are sincerely grateful to the association for their continued support of our life-saving work."