Rush Caregivers Receive National Recognition for Cardiac Performance

Rush Caregivers Receive National Recognition for Cardiac Performance

September 14, 2012


(MERIDIAN, MISSISSIPPI)     Rush Foundation Hospital was one of only seven Mississippi hospitals recently recognized in the Best Hospitals issue (July 2012) of U.S. News and World Report for demonstrating extraordinary performance in the STEMI Mission Lifeline® program created by the American Heart Association.

Caregivers in the Cardiac Catheterization Lab and the Emergency Department at Rush Foundation Hospital make up the STEMI Team which stands for ST Segment Myocardial Elevation.  Rush received the award for meeting all performance achievement indicators and maintaining a high compliance rate on all STEMI Receiving Center quality measures designed to improve the quality of care for heart attack patients.

“We are so proud of our STEMI team members for achieving the Bronze status in this important nationwide STEMI Mission Lifeline® program.  Rush physicians, other professional clinicians and support personnel in the Emergency Department and the Cardiac Catheterization laboratory are to be congratulated for achieving this level of recognition, not only because it demonstrates excellence, but also because the whole purpose of the Mission Lifeline® program is to foster prompt, effective care for heart attack patients,” said Wallace Strickland, President and CEO of Rush Health Systems.

“A number of Rush physicians, particularly the cardiologists and emergency  medicine physicians provided outstanding leadership for the STEMI team members.  They truly took ownership of the program, inspired our STEMI team members, and were instrumental in enhancing our processes and protocols, allowing us to achieve this award-level status.  This special recognition, like almost every aspect of great patient care requires great teamwork.  It always makes me incredibly proud when our employees carry on the Rush tradition established by our founders of striving to give our patients the best care, and I am extremely proud of the STEMI team members, and appreciative of the efforts of everyone involved” said Strickland.

Rush Health Systems is headquartered in Meridian, Mississippi with healthcare facilities in East Mississippi and West Alabama. The organization includes Rush Foundation Hospital, Specialty Hospital of Meridian, Medical Foundation, Inc., Rush Medical Group, Laird Hospital, Union, Mississippi, H.C. Watkins Hospital in Quitman, Mississippi, Scott Regional Hospital in Morton, Mississippi, John C. Stennis Memorial Hospital, DeKalb, MS, and the new Choctaw General Hospital in Butler, AL.