Nebraska 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 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.

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.

Please utilize the following links to online STEMI education for your setting. These videos can be shared with Staff and Providers. 

Clinic (physician offices) - Clinic STEMI Educational Video
EMS  - EMS STEMI Educational Video  

Hospitals (Critical Access Hospital CAH)  - Referral Hospital - STEMI Educational Video

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:

Fremont Area Community Foundation
Fremont Health Foundation
Peter Kiewit Foundation
William and Ruth Scott Foundation
Suzanne and Walter Scott Foundation
COPIC Medical Foundation
Ron and Carol Cope Charitable Fund
Hamilton Community Foundation
Dillon Foundation
The Fund for Omaha through the Omaha Community Foundation
Valmont Foundation
Aaron and Rachel Wagner
Mid-Nebraska Community Foundation                                
Peed Foundation
Pinnacle Bank – Madison Branch                            
Lozier Foundation
American National Bank
J Peter Ricketts

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

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

Ngia Mua
Project Specialist - Mission: Lifeline

(952) 278-7934
American Heart Association
4701 W. 77th St.
Minneapolis, MN 55435

Brian Krannawitter
Government Relations Director, Nebraska
(402) 489-5115
American Heart Association
1540 S. 70th Street Suite 100
Lincoln, NE  68506

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