1 of 3 in State . . . Washington Co. Ambulance District Honored With Gold Plus Award From American Heart Association

WASHINGTON COUNTY AMBULANCE DISTRICT GETS GOLD AWARD FROM HEART ASSOCIATION – The Washington County Ambulance District was honored with the 2019 Gold Plus Award from the American Heart Association for excellence in preparedness for STEMI care. A STEMI is an acute form of a critical heart attack. The Washington County Ambulance District continues to strive for the most up to date health education and service. Representing the Ambulance District, from left, front row are Rita Koch, CCPC; Ashley Cherry, EMT-P; Elizabeth DeClue, EMT-P; Angela Benson, EMT; and Laura Logsden, EMT-B; back row, from left are Jessica Daniels, EMT-P; John Kitners, EMT-P; Gary Fryman, EMT; David Hoffman, EMT; and Caleb Russell, EMT-P. Congratulations to the District, their service is appreciated by the community.

Washington County Ambulance District is proud to announce recognition from the American Heart Association (AHA) Mission: Lifeline EMS Recognition with a “Gold Plus” award. There were nine agencies in Missouri that received an award from the AHA Mission: Lifeline EMS Recognition and Washington County Ambulance District was one of three agencies in the State to receive the “Gold Plus” level of award.  W.C.A.D. has been recognized by the American Heart Association for the last three years, with this being the first time at the “Gold Plus” level.  

What is the American Heart Association Mission Lifeline: EMS Recognition? The AHA Mission: Lifeline EMS recognition is a program designed to showcase Emergency Medical Service organizations across the nation for excellent STEMI care.

A STEMI is an acute form of a critical heart attack. Prehospital personnel are the first providers of care to patients suffering from cardiac emergencies.

The role of EMS in the system-of-care for these patients is crucial and often sets the course for the patient’s outcome. The Mission: Lifeline EMS recognition program was launched in 2014 and continues to celebrate the achievement of the pre-hospital providers and their collaboration with each other and destination hospitals specific to STEMI patient care.

W.C.A.D. Administrator Justin Duncan said, “In Washington County, your team at Washington County Ambulance District EMS has the ability to recognize a STEMI patient in the field by means of reading a multi-lead EKG.”  Once that STEMI is identified, it triggers a cascade of treatments that were once reserved for inside the hospital only, Duncan reported.

The goal is to provide every medicine and initial treatment that would happen inside the ER while on the way to the hospital. The STEMI patient will be triaged to the closest hospital with a Cardiac Catheterization Lab (CCL) to open the blocked vessel. “Our goal is to ‘bypass’ the ER and go direct to the CCL for prompt intervention.  This requires a great level of background work to ensure the system works when the patient needs it.  We are beyond proud to have been recognized by the AHA for the highest level of honor with regards to how we care for our cardiac patients,” said Administrator Duncan.

“We submit our raw data and they interpret the level of care we are providing. It’s fantastic to have an agency with the reputation that the AHA has bestow this level of honor on the team of clinicians at WCAD,” said Duncan.

We are pleased to have the support of the County as we continue to work and educate to offer the best and latest in emergency health care for our residents.