Baptist Health Louisville receives American Heart Association accreditation for acute cardiac care

Baptist Health Louisville is one of a handful of hospitals in the nation to receive the American Heart Association’s Mission: Lifeline® Heart Attack Receiving Center Accreditation for those experiencing the most severe form of heart attack in which blood flow is completely blocked to a portion of the heart.

The accreditation signals that Baptist Health Louisville offers the comprehensive treatment required by patients experiencing heart attacks. It is the equivalent of being designated as a trauma center – but it’s for the trauma of a heart attack. The speed and expertise of Baptist Health Louisville’s heart attack team – working in concert with emergency medical services — can mean the difference between life and death, health and disability.

The work of this team – which includes Louisville Cardiology Group physicians, Emergency Department physicians and staff and Cath Lab staff – has produced these results:

  • For patients brought directly to Baptist Health Louisville, 80 percent receive PCI (percutaneous coronary intervention or angioplasty) to stop the heart attack within 90 minutes. Baptist Health’s median time is 72 minutes as compared to 82 minutes nationally.
  • 99 percent of patients brought directly to Baptist Health receive door-to-balloon (angioplasty) treatment within 90 minutes with a median time of 51 minutes.
  • All transfer patients (100 percent) receive angioplasty within 120 minutes. The national rate is 32 percent.
  • More heart attack patients survive. In the United States, 6.4 percent of heart attack patients don’t make it while Baptist’s rate is 5.1 percent.
  • Baptist Health Louisville, working in concert with the Louisville Cardiology Group (a part of Baptist Medical Associates), has backed having EMTs perform electrocardiograms (EKGs) en route to the hospital so results can be electronically relayed in advance of the patient’s arrival. This allows the hospital to alert the Cath Lab team, if needed, to open the patient’s blocked blood vessel. Paramedics are already allowed to perform this test.
  • Creating a 14-county network of emergency medical services and healthcare providers to help ensure that heart attack patients are taken directly to a facility that is properly equipped for immediate treatment.