GMC receives award for heart attack care

LAWRENCEVILLE -- The American Heart Association recently awarded Gwinnett Medical Center a quality achievement award for its commitment and success to implement an exceptional standard of care for heart attack patients.

This makes GMC a "STEMI" receiving hospital, which is an acronym for ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction, the most severe form of heart attack. When the incident occurs, which impacts nearly 300,000 across the country, it's critical to immediately restore blood flow through surgery or a clot-busting medication, a GMC press release said.

The award is called Mission: Lifeline Silver Quality Achievement Award.

To receive this designation, GMC must meet performance measures for quick and appropriate treatment to open a blocked artery. Before patients are discharged, they are started on risk reduction therapies such as cholesterol-lowering drugs, aspirin, ACE inhibitors and beta-blockers.

"We are pleased to be recognized for our dedication and achievements in cardiac care, and I am very proud of our team," GMC President and CEO Phil Wolfe said in the release.