QI in the SouthWest Affiliate


can only be achieved by success in improving patient outcomes. Our Get With the Guidelines programs help ensure hospitals are reliably applying the most recent AHA scientific guidelines which are designed to ensure every patient gets the right care every time. Healthcare systems, hospitals, hospital teams, and physician practices that provide consistent evidence based care and demonstrate required compliance earn awards in four areas, as well as hospital certifications and accreditations.

We also launched Mission: Lifeline, our nationwide initiative to improve treatment for victims of what’s called ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction, or STEMI. When someone has this kind of heart attack, blood flow to a portion of the heart is completely blocked, and immediate treatment is critical to survival. The goal of Mission: Lifeline is to decrease STEMI deaths and improve the quality of care for all survivors.

Our Target: Programs, Action Registry-GWTG and The Guideline Advantage Program further our impact in hospitals and communities and help us and you drive towards continuous quality improvement. Our comprehensive suite of programs can help you advance farther and faster in the quest for ever-better care.


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Mission: Lifeline EMS Recognition 
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*These educational events are being shared by the American Heart Association / American Stroke Association but may be offered by other organizations and/or industry sponsored. This listing is not intended as an endorsement of any particular event or product, it is simply our intention to increase awareness of educational opportunities that may be of interest. Please send your own event listings to swaquality@heart.org.

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