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.

Program Funding:

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


NE Statewide STEMI Guidelines Revised 2016 (PDF)

Mission: Lifeline Nebraska EMS Transport Guideline 2016 (PDF) 

Rounds 1, 2, & 3

Staff Leads: 

Gary Myers, MS, NREMT
Sr. Quality & Systems Improvement Director
(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 
2750 Blue Water Road, Ste 250
Eagan, MN 55121

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