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St. Joseph Health Receives Accolades from American Heart Association

Bryan, TX, August 30, 2023— St. Joseph Health recently received four Mission: Lifeline® accolades from  the American Heart Association for demonstrating commitment to following up-to-date research-based  guidelines for the treatment of heart disease, ultimately leading to more lives saved, shorter recovery  times and fewer readmissions to the hospital. Regional Hospital was awarded the Mission: Lifeline®  NSTEMI Gold award and the Mission: Lifeline® STEMI Receiving Gold Plus award. College Station  Hospital was awarded the Mission: Lifeline® NSTEMI Gold award and the Mission: Lifeline® Receiving  Silver Plus award.

Every 40 seconds, someone in the U.S. has a stroke or heart attack, and heart disease is the leading  cause of death in the United States. Studies show patients can recover better when providers  consistently follow treatment guidelines. 

Mission: Lifeline is the American Heart Association's national initiative to advance the system of care for  patients with high-risk, time-sensitive disease states, such as heart attacks. The program helps reduce  barriers to prompt treatment for heart attacks – starting from when 911 is called, to EMS transport and  continuing through hospital treatment and discharge. Optimal care for heart attack patients takes  coordination between the individual hospital, EMS and health care system. As a participant in Mission:  Lifeline programs, St. Joseph Health qualified for these awards by demonstrating commitment to  improving quality care. 

“St. Joseph Health is committed to improving care by adhering to the latest treatment guidelines and  streamlining processes to ensure timely and proper care for heart attacks and strokes,” said Kim Shaw,  St. Joseph Health President and CEO. “The Mission: Lifeline program makes it easier for our teams to put  proven knowledge and guidelines to work on a daily basis, which translates to helping those in the  Brazos Valley to experience longer, healthier lives.” 

About Mission: Lifeline: Mission: Lifeline®is the American Heart Association's national initiative to  advance the system of care for patients with acute, high-risk time sensitive life and/or quality of life threatening disease states. The overarching goals of Mission: Lifeline are to bring stakeholders together  in a collaborative manner and to reduce mortality and morbidity for these patients while improving  overall quality of care and patient outcomes. For more information, visit 

About St. Joseph Health: St. Joseph Health is a member of St. Luke’s Health and part of CommonSpirit  Health, the largest Catholic health system and the second-largest nonprofit hospital chain in the United  States. Since 1936, St. Joseph Health has been the Brazos Valley’s leader in providing high-quality,  patient-centered health care. Our expansive network encompasses five hospitals, including St. Joseph  Health Regional Hospital in Bryan, College Station Hospital, Madison Hospital, Grimes Hospital, and  Burleson Hospital; two long term care facilities; an assisted living facility and multiple clinics. Regional  Hospital is the highest-level trauma center in the Brazos Valley, ready to provide the most  comprehensive and state-of-the-art trauma services, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. St. Joseph  Health was the region’s first air medical service and the first in the region to be accredited as a Chest 

Pain Center and Primary Stroke Center. St. Joseph Health is an academic and clinical partner of Texas  A&M Health Science Center, working together St. Joseph Health and the Texas A&M Health Network  employ over 100 primary care physicians, specialists and advanced practice clinicians. To learn more,  visit

[For more information, please contact Communications Manager, Tracy Bates at 713-962-9347 or  [email protected].] 

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