Nebraska Mission: Lifeline

   Julie Smith, RN, BSN, MHA
Director Mission: Lifeline

(972) 860-2313
American Heart Association
1540 S. 70th St. Ste 100
Lincoln, NE 68506
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
Kay Brown, CSSBB
Director Quality & Systems Improvement
Kansas City, Kansas and Nebraska

(913) 652-1916
American Heart Association
6800 W. 93rd Street
Overland Park, KS  66212
Brian Krannawitter
Director Government Relations

(402) 489-5115
American Heart Association
1540 S. 70th Street Suite 100
Lincoln, NE  68506

Mission: Lifeline Co-brand LogoNebraska Mission: Lifeline EMS Equipment Grant

Mission: Lifeline is an American Heart Association initiative to develop and enhance systems of care that improve patient care and ultimately reduce death and disability due to acute myocardial infarction (AMI). The first subset of AMI, that has the most evidenced based need for time critical systems of care implementation, is ST- elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI). To that end, Mission: Lifeline Nebraska’s intent is to develop, support and enhance STEMI heart attack systems across the state.

The Nebraska Mission: Lifeline EMS Equipment Grant seeks to enhance emergency medical response to STEMI heart attack patients in rural Nebraska by funding requests for 12-lead equipment that will increase the ability to identify STEMI patients and relay critical medical information from the field to hospital providers.

Grant applications will be evaluated and scored based on a number of factors, including:

  • Current 12-Lead capture and transmit capability
  • Number of potential patients that could be affected by the grant
  • Need of the EMS service based on run volume, location, and proximity to other EMS providers and hospitals
  • Ability to upgrade current equipment to perform 12-lead capture & transmission
  • Requests that seek partial funding for a larger project

Mission: Lifeline considers the following a typical configuration of a 12-lead monitor/defibrillator:

  • AED/defibrillation
  • 12-lead ECG acquisition and transmission
  • NIBP (non-invasive blood pressure monitoring)
  • SpO2 (oxygen saturation monitoring)
  • EtCO2 (End-tidal carbon dioxide)

If accessories/options outside of this typical configuration are desired for the equipment proposed in the application, please note in the application the funding source that you will use to supplement the grant award to purchase these additions. Services are responsible for purchasing additional accessories with their own funds. 

Once grant awards are made and awarded agencies are notified of their award, they will have 60 days to complete the required paperwork, including grant agreement, or risk forfeiting grant funds.

As part of the requirements of participation in the project, EMS services are asked to complete a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) and W-9. These do not need to be filled out at the time of application, but will need to be completed prior to funds being issued.

Grant applications will close August 31, 2014 at 5:00pm Central Time. Applications will not be accepted after this time.

Link to on-line application:

MOUs and W-9’s will be available.

The grant application will be released statewide in July of 2014 with awards taking place in rounds through December 2015. Grant dollars are available for actively licensed ALS and BLS agencies that perform ground transport in response to public 911 calls. Licensed, non-transport agencies are also encouraged to apply. Maximum amount of funding awarded to any one agency will not exceed $25,000. Amount is based on actual expenditures. Not all applications or agencies will be funded; this is a competitive grant. 

Reminder: Services with physical addresses in the following counties are not eligible to apply for funding under this grant:

Cass County                                       Douglas County
Sarpy County                                     Saunders County
Washington County                        Lancaster County
Seward County

Please consider the following when applying for the EMS equipment grant:

  • If your primary ambulance is equipped with an AED only or older monitor not capable of 12-lead, you should consider applying for funds to purchase a monitor/defibrillator capable of 12-lead capture and wireless transmission.
  • If your primary ambulance already has a 12-lead monitor/defibrillator, you should consider applying for funds to upgrade/update that device to make it capable of wireless ECG transmission.
  • Devices that are only capable of 12-lead capture and transmitting are also allowed under this grant.
  • Funding will be available to hospitals in the state of Nebraska to purchase equipment/software capable of receiving 12-lead transmissions from the field.
  • Applications that request funding for factory refurbished equipment are accepted and will be considered.
  • Applications that take into consideration any trade-in value of existing equipment are accepted and encouraged.

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.

Mission: Lifeline will be implemented over three years, in collaboration with Nebraska’s health systems, emergency medical service (EMS) providers, the Nebraska 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.

News release about this initiative 

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 Nebraska.  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.

The lead funder for this investment in Nebraska is The Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust, one of the nation’s largest foundations, providing a grant of $4.1 million to the American Heart Association for the initiative.

Other current funders include the Fund for Omaha through the Omaha Community Foundation, the Ron and Carol Cope Charitable Fund, and Aaron and Rachel Wagner.

To join us as a partner, or find more information about the project, contact:

Gary Myers, MS, NREMT
Sr. Mission: Lifeline Director
EMS Consultant for Midwest Affiliate

Brian Krannawitter
Government Relations Director, Nebraska
Midwest Affiliate

Kay Brown, CSSBB
Director, Quality and System Improvement
Kansas City, Kansas and Nebraska
Midwest Affiliate