A nonprofit publication of the Kentucky Center for Public Service Journalism

City of Erlanger Fire/EMS receives AHA’s Mission Lifeline EMS Silver Plus Recognition Award

Erlanger Fire/EMS has received the American Heart Association’s Mission: Lifeline® EMS Silver Plus Award for implementing quality improvement measures for the treatment of patients who experience severe heart attacks. 

Every year, more than 250,000 people experience an ST elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) the deadliest type of heart attack caused by a 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 mechanically opening the blocked vessel or by providing clot-busting medication.

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 acute coronary syndrome patients.

The program works by mobilizing teams across the continuum of care to implement American Heart Association/American College of Cardiology clinical treatment guidelines. For more information, click here. heart.org


The Mission: Lifeline initiative provides tools, training and other resources to support heart attack care following protocols from the most recent evidence-based treatment guidelines.

Mission: Lifeline’s EMS recognition program recognizes emergency medical services for their efforts in improving systems of care to rapidly identify suspected heart attack patients, promptly notify the medical center and trigger an early response from the awaiting hospital personnel. 

“Erlanger Fire/EMS is dedicated to providing optimal care for heart attack patients,” said Rhonda Wolfe, Deputy Chief of EMS “We are pleased to be recognized for our dedication and achievements in emergency medical care efforts through Mission: Lifeline.” 

Erlanger Fire/EMS strives to uphold the City of Erlanger’s mission statement: Performing Collectively to Provide Exemplary Services for Our Community with Integrity and Pride.

This includes working with community partners to provide the best possible outcomes for our patients by applying evidence-based, best practices in patient care and equipment.

Dr. Tim Henry, Chair of the Mission: Lifeline Acute Coronary Syndrome Subcommittee said EMTs and paramedics play a vital part in the system of care for those who have heart attacks.”

“Since they often are the first medical point of contact, they can save precious minutes of treatment time by activating the emergency response system that alerts hospitals to an incoming heart attack patient,” Henry said. “We applaud Erlanger Fire/EMS for achieving this award in following evidence-based guidelines in the treatment of people who have severe heart attacks.” 

City of Erlanger

Related Posts

Leave a Comment