HOCC awarded Gold-Plus in STEMI care

June 21, 2017

The Hospital of Central Connecticut (HOCC) received the Mission: Lifeline® Gold-Plus Receiving Quality Achievement Award for implementing specific quality improvement measures outlined by the American Heart Association (AHA) for the treatment of patients who suffer severe heart attacks.


The Mission: Lifeline Program’s goal is to reduce system barriers to prompt treatment for heart attacks, beginning with the 9-1-1 call and continuing through hospital treatment. HOCC is recognized for having an 85 percent composite adherence and at least 24 consecutive months of 75 percent or higher compliance on all Mission: Lifeline STEMI Receiving Center quality measures to improve the quality of care for ST elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) patients.

“We are very proud to be recognized for the Gold-Plus Award by the American Heart Association,” said Lori MacLean, RN, MSN, Central Region cardiovascular services manager. “The Cath Lab and the Emergency Department work collaboratively to bring best practices and care to our patients.”

According to the AHA, every year, more than 250,000 people experience a STEMI attack, 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.

HOCC also was awarded a Gold-Plus Award last year.

Picture Caption: The HOCC Cath Lab team celebrates their Mission: Lifeline® Gold-Plus Receiving Quality Achievement Award. From left to right: Linda Jarzavek, RN; Michael Massaro, RN; Richard Lamontagne, RTR; Alex Campbell, RN; Diane Marino, RN; Kristi Beliveau, RTR; Lori MacLean, RN, manager of Central Region cardiovascular services; Jeff Patten, RTR; Melody Piazza, RTR; Carolyn Sirois, RTR; Justin Fraychak, RTR. Missing: Lauren Landry, RN; Robin Bergin, RTR; Alina Reut, RN; Lisa Robinson, NT; Lynn Amarante, RN, director of the Heart & Vascular Institute in the Central Region; Helen Jobes, RTR, team leader; Madelyne Martinez, scheduling coordinator.