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WCFD earns fifth consecutive AHA award for cardiac care
The American Heart Association recognizes West Chester Fire Department with top EMS award.

The West Chester Fire Department has been recognized by the American Heart Association with a 2019 Mission: Lifeline® EMS Gold Plus award – its highest level of recognition – for exemplary service treating cardiac patients in transport.


“The award recognizes West Chester Fire Department’s commitment and success in implementing a higher standard of prehospital care by ensuring that every STEMI patient receives treatment according to nationally accepted recommendations and standards,” writes Alexander Kuhn, MPH, Senior Director, Quality and Systems Improvement at the American Heart Association.


Every year, more than 250,000 people experience an ST elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) 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.


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The Gold Plus award is the highest honor achieved by West Chester first responders in five consecutive years of earning Mission: Lifeline® recognition. West Chester Fire & EMS won a Performance Achievement award in 2015, a Silver Level award in 2016, and Gold Level awards in 2017 and 2018.


Award-winning agencies are commended for demonstrating high standards of performance, collaboration and care while utilizing evidenced-based procedures for treatment of heart attack patients with life-threatening conditions.


The Mission: Lifeline® initiative provides tools, training and other resources to support heart attack care following protocols from the most recent evidence-based treatment guidelines. Mission: Lifeline’s EMS recognition program recognizes emergency medical services for their efforts in improving systems of care to rapidly identify suspected heart attack patients, promptly notify the medical center and trigger an early response from the awaiting hospital personnel. 



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.