Iowa Mission: Lifeline

This year an estimated 1.4 million people will suffer a heart attack. Approximately 400,000 of those victims will experience a STEMI.

Mission: Lifeline will be implemented over three years, in collaboration with Iowa’s health systems, emergency medical service (EMS) providers, the Iowa Department of Health and Human Services’ Division of Public Health, and others.

Mission: Lifeline helps identify the gaps that lead to slower and less effective patient care, and with the providers in the state, closes those gaps through change in protocols and processes, and also in providing resources such as life-saving equipment.

Unfortunately, approximately 30% of STEMI patients do not receive any form of treatment to restore blood flow, whether through clot-busting drugs commonly referred to as thrombolytics or percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI), the latter being the preferred therapy which uses mechanical means such as stents, balloon angioplasty or surgery.

Time is muscle. The outcome of STEMI events depends greatly on the care patients receive and the timeframe in which they receive it. The American Heart Association and the American College of Cardiology's guidelines recommend that balloon angioplasty be performed within 90 minutes - preferably less - of arrival at any hospital.

In partnership with the medical community, this collaboration has the power to transform patient care for future heart attack victims in Iowa.  This innovative regional collaboration will work to ensure equipment compatibility, consistent training and uniform protocols for both transporting and treating heart attack patients across the region.

Mission: Lifeline® initiative in Iowa was launched in February, 2015.

The Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust is the lead funder of this initiative, providing a grant of $4.6 million to enhance systems of care, save lives, and improve outcomes for heart attack patients in rural Iowa.

Other current funders include:

Community Foundation of the Great River Bend
Principal Financial Group Foundation
UnityPoint Health - In honor of its rural affiliates

Gary Myers, MS, NREMT
Sr. Mission: Lifeline Director
South Dakota
EMS Consultant for Midwest Affiliate
(605) 215-1551
American Heart Association
P.O. Box 90545
Sioux Falls, SD  57109-0545

Ngia Mua
Project Specialist Mission: Lifeline
(952) 278-7934
American Heart Association
4701 77th Street
Minneapolis, MN 55435

Kassi Wessing
Director, Communications Iowa
(515) 414-3204
American Heart Association
5000 Westown Parkway Suite 340
West Des Moines, IA  50266

Stacy Frelund
Director, Government Relations Iowa
(515) 246-4563
American Heart Association
5000 Westown Parkway Suite 340
West Des Moines, IA  50266

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