HUNTERSVILLE – Presbyterian Hospital in Charlotte recently qualified for the American Heart Association’s Mission: Lifeline Silver Performance Achievement Award, and Presbyterian Hospital Huntersville qualified for the Bronze Quality Achievement Award for referral hospitals.

The awards recognize Presbyterian’s success in implementing a higher standard of care for heart attack patients that effectively improves the survival and care of STEMI (ST Elevation Myocardial Infarction) patients. STEMI is the most serious type of heart attack, affecting almost 250,000 annually.

A significant number of those patients don’t receive prompt reperfusion therapy, which is critical in restoring blood flow.  Mission: Lifeline seeks to close the gaps that separate STEMI patients from timely  treatments.

Hospitals getting Silver Awards have demonstrated for 12 consecutive months that at least 85 percent of eligible STEMI patients are treated within specific time frames upon entering the hospital and discharged under the heart association’s guidelines. Bronze Award winners have achieved the same level of treatment for at least 90 consecutive days. Presbyterian Hospital Huntersville and Presbyterian Hospital Matthews were two of only three referral hospitals nationwide to receive bronze recognition as of July 1.