Minnesota Mission: Lifeline

Mindy Cook, BSN
Senior Director, Quality and System Improvement MN, ND, WI

American Heart Association
2750 Blue Water Road, Ste 250
Eagan, MN 55121

Office: (952) 278-7938
Fax:: (952) 835-5828
Justin Bell, JD
Regional Vice President of Advocacy

American Heart Association
2750 Blue Water Road, Ste 250
Eagan, MN 55121

Office: (952) 278-7921
Ngia Mua
Project Specialist:
Mission: Lifeline

American Heart Association
2750 Blue Water Road, Ste 250
Eagan, MN 55121

Office: (952) 278-7934


Heart disease is the number one killer in the U.S. nationwide annually.   This year an estimated 1.4 million people will suffer a heart attack. Approximately 400,000 of those victims will experience a STEMI.

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 Minnesota.  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. 


Minnesota Mission: Lifeline - June 2013, St. Paul

Minnesota Mission Lifeline Launch

Dr. Mary Boylan, Midwest Affiliate board member and cardio-thoracic surgeon with St. Luke’s Medical Center in Duluth, was joined by Ed Ehlinger, Minnesota’s Health Secretary, Shelley Stingley, program officer for The Helmsley Charitable Trust, Dr. Tim Henry, Mission:  Lifeline national task force member, and Richard Mulvain, STEMI program manager at Essentia Health Heart & Vascular Center in Duluth.

The lead funder is The Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust, which is providing a grant of $4.6 million.

Medtronic Philanthropy has also committed $300,000 to the project.

The Otto Bremer Foundation is supporting the initiative with a $200,000 grant, and the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community has also committed $100,000.

Other funders include Karla and Tim O’Donnell, Dakota Medical Foundation, Fred C. and Katherine B. Andersen Foundation, Mayo Clinic Health System Mankato, Thom Family Foundation, John F. Rooney Family Charitable Foundation, and St. Luke’s Hospital in Duluth and its foundation.

In-kind contributions from the American Heart Association and other partners will provide an additional $1 million in project resources.