Medshore Ambulance announced today that it has received the American Heart Association’s Mission: Lifeline® EMS Recognition Awards in Anderson, Barnwell and Chesterfield counties for providing superior pre-hospital care for patients experiencing severe heart attacks.
The awards were achieved by meeting specific criteria for treating patients experiencing a specific type of heart attack known as an ST segment elevation myocardial infarction, or STEMI. Nearly 250,000 patients experience STEMIs in the United States annually. The 2018 awards include a Gold Plus Award for the company’s Anderson County Division, and Silver Plus Awards in its Barnwell and Chesterfield divisions.
“We are very proud to once again be recognized by the American Heart Association for our commitment to the highest levels of pre-hospital cardiac care,” said Medshore Ambulance CEO Greg Shore. “We work very closely with our hospital partners to ensure our crews quickly and efficiently administer specific STEMI protocols. Our objective is to help minimize the time between a patient’s first medical contact and intervention in the cardiac catheterization lab.”
Medshore Ambulance provides a vital link in the pre-hospital care of STEMI patients, providing advanced life support interventions including 12-lead ECG monitoring of patients’ cardiac activity. Medshore paramedics follow
specific protocols set by the American Heart Association and the American College of Cardiology to quickly identify potential STEMI heart attack patients and alert receiving hospitals prior to patient arrival.
“Our crews never take it for granted that we are intervening in what could be life or death situations whenever we arrive on scene,” said Josh Shore, Medshore General Manager. “We are proud to deliver the highest levels of care, equipment and trained personnel who know exactly how to care for patients experiencing symptoms of STEMI heart attacks. It’s our job to care for these people quickly and efficiently and deliver them into the skilled hands of hospital cardiac teams.”
Shore continued, “We are extremely honored to accept these Mission: Lifeline® awards from the American Heart Association. We take our responsibility in these situations and our commitment to the communities we serve very seriously.”
Tim Henry, M.D., Chair of the Mission: Lifeline Acute Coronary Syndrome Subcommittee, said, “We applaud Medshore Ambulance for achieving this award in following evidence-based guidelines in the treatment of people who have severe heart attacks.
“EMTs and paramedics play a vital part in the system of care for those who have heart attacks,” Dr. Henry said. “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.”
About Medshore Ambulance Service
Founded in 1976, Medshore Ambulance Service is the largest privately owned ambulance service in South Carolina and has provided medical transport services to the Palmetto State for more than 40 years. Medshore serves more than 100,000 patients in South Carolina each year with 100 emergency vehicles and 520 employees.
Headquartered in Anderson, South Carolina, Medshore provides medical transport in 17 counties in South Carolina and is the 9-1-1 service provider to Anderson, Barnwell and Chesterfield counties. Medshore is the only ambulance service provider in South Carolina to achieve accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation of Ambulance Services (CAAS), the industry’s gold standard of operational excellence. Medshore is a member of the Priority Ambulance national family of companies.
About Mission: Lifeline
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, visit heart.org.