Mission: Lifeline® EMS Recognition

Mission: Lifeline EMS recognition is a program designed to showcase Emergency Medical Service organizations across the nation for excellent STEMI care. Prehospital personnel are the first providers of care to patients suffering from cardiac emergencies. The role of EMS in the system-of-care for these patients is crucial and often sets the course for the patient's outcome. The Mission: Lifeline EMS recognition program is launched in 2014 and continues to celebrate the achievement of the pre-hospital providers and their collaboration with each other and destination hospitals specific to STEMI patient care.

Why Participate in Mission: Lifeline EMS Recognition?

Mission: Lifeline connects EMS providers, referring (non-PCI) hospitals and receiving (PCI-capable) centers in a coordinated system of care. The program also assists EMS agencies in getting the feedback needed to understand how the system of care is working and provides evidence-based metrics to measure the system's performance.   

The application submission period for 2022 Mission: Lifeline EMS recognition has ended. EMS agencies who achieve an award for 2022 will be notified by email and a list of awarded agencies will be posted on this webpage in the coming weeks.

New 2023 Mission: Lifeline EMS Recognition

2023 Mission: Lifeline EMS recognition (based on 2022 data) marks the addition of new required stroke measures and a new two-tiered recognition program. With the new recognition program structure and addition of stroke measures, eligible EMS and first responding agencies can achieve recognition for the evidence-based care they provide patients experiencing a STEMI heart attack and/or stroke.

The 2023 Mission: Lifeline EMS Prehospital Award (tier one) is based on prehospital primary impression for patients suspected of experiencing a STEMI or stroke. This award level opens eligibility to both EMS and first responding agencies.

The 2023 Mission: Lifeline EMS Systems of Care award (tier two) focuses on the coordination of care between EMS agencies and the destination hospital. This award level is limited to those agencies who provide transport for patients. For an agency to be eligible for the Mission: Lifeline EMS Systems of Care award, they must first meet the Mission: Lifeline EMS Prehospital award (tier one) criteria.

For questions please email [email protected] or reach out to your local AHA Quality Improvement Manager

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