Mission: Lifeline Montana

Mission: Lifeline. Improving STEMI and Cardiac Resuscitation systems of care. The American Heart Association and you. (image of two EMTs)
Mission: Lifeline Montana

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.

According to the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services and the Montana Hospital Association, 1799 people were hospitalized in Montana for acute heart attack in 2012, and of those, 777 were STEMIs. Mission: Lifeline is focused on improving the system of care for patients who suffer from a STEMI each year, improving that system will ultimately improve care for all heart attack patients.

In partnership with the medical community, this collaboration has the power to transform patient care for future heart attack victims in Montana.  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.


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Do you have questions about your new equipment? We have pulled together a playlist of videos tutorials to help answer your questions. Check it out on YouTube.

On-Demand Webinars

STEMI Mimics:
Dr. Toby Vandenberg presents on the top 5 STEMI mimics and how to differentiate between an acute MI and another diagnosis. (24 mins)

EKG Interpretation: Todd Mohr, PA, walks through the importance of early acquisition, the how, the why, and identification of STEMI on a 12 lead. (53 mins)

STEMI Equivalents: Todd Mohr, PA, reviews STEMI Equivalents and the important information needed to discern whether you have an acute MI. (36 mins)

12 Lead Placement & Acute Coronary Syndrome:
Jim Duren, Professional Standards Manager for King County, WA. Acute Coronary Syndrome overview and the recognizing the signs and symptoms for heart attack. (52 mins)

Door-In-Door-Out: Strategies for Decreasing Time: Keira Pattinson, RN, MSN Bozeman Health Deaconess Hospital. Tried and true tips for getting STEMI patients from the referral hospital to the receiving center faster.  (17 mins)

Nursing Consideration While Managing an ST Elevation MI Patient
. Kris Lattin-Jackson, RN, MSN. An overview of STEMI treatment in the first 30 minutes a STEMI patient enters a referral hospital; including the process of atherosclerosis, medications, and treatment protocols. (27 mins)

Mission: Lifeline Informational Webinar
 (This link takes you to WebEx where you will need to sign up with an email to view the Webinar. Signing up is free. Please begin the video at the 9:00 minute mark.)

Acute Cardiac Pharmacology: Jacob Golik, Pharm.D., Benefis Health System. An overview of the medications used in the standardized STEMI and Non-STEMI protocols as well as medications used in post- STEMI care. (22 mins)

STEMI/NSTEMI Guidelines: Dr. Doug Waldo, Interventional Cardiologist, Benefis Health System. A walk through the process if Acute Coronary Syndrome and Guideline Based therapy for the Non-STEMI patient. (30 mins)

Acute Treatment of Acute Coronary Syndrome: Dr. Brian Rah, Interventional Cardiologist, Billings Clinic. STEMI treatment in rural Montana and the evidence behind the standardized STEMI Protocols. (34 mins)

Grassroots Media Kits

Included in this toolkit, you will find posters, magnets, fact sheets and social media tips that can be used in health fairs, waiting rooms, or any public event you would like to promote heart health and call 911 messaging. You can download resources below and print them yourself or contact a Mission: Lifeline Montana staff member to order and ship the resources to you. You will need to contact a staff member to have magnets sent to you. The posters come in 11x17 and 8.4x11 and can be printed in color or black and white. If you are using a black and white printer, please use the black and white resources as they will reflect a higher print quality.

Black and White Resources (zip file)

Color Resources (zip file)


Grassroots Media Kit Request Form

More Information for LifeNet funding

Critical Access Hospitals, do you need more information on LifeNet funding? Connect with our staff.

Request a Training
EMS Training: EMS is essential to the development and activation of the STEMI process from the moment you make contact with your patient through transport to the appropriate receiving hospital. Please complete the brief education request to schedule a training session for your agency.

Hospital Education Request Form: We want to ensure our hospital staffs are knowledgeable in protocol, treatment and procedures to create the best patient outcomes. If your hospital is interested in additional training, please complete this brief education request

EMS Annual Report



Questions? Contact us:

Amanda Cahill

Director of Quality, Montana
Phone: 406-220-0063

JoAnne Pineada
Sr. Program Director, QSI
Quality Improvement Initiative