Mission: Lifeline® EMS Recognition

Mission: Lifeline EMS recognition is a program designed to showcase prehospital agencies nationwide for excellence in heart attack and stroke care. Prehospital personnel are the first care providers to patients suffering from acute emergencies. Your role in the care system for these patients is crucial and often sets the course for the patient’s outcome. The Mission: Lifeline EMS recognition program was launched in 2014 and continues to celebrate the achievement of the prehospital providers and their collaboration with each other and hospitals specific to patient care.

Why Participate in Mission: Lifeline EMS Recognition?

Mission: Lifeline EMS recognition is the American Heart Association’s program that recognizes prehospital emergency agencies for their quality of care for heart attack and stroke patients. The recognition program focuses on transforming care quality by connecting all heart attack and stroke care components into a seamlessly integrated care system. Key tenets of these systems of care reinforce evidence-based guidelines and measure performance, identify gaps, and engage in quality improvement.

Mission: Lifeline EMS Recognition

Mission: Lifeline EMS recognition will maintain the required stroke measures announced for the 2023 award year allowing eligibility to transporting and non-transporting prehospital agencies.

Additionally, the Target Heart Attack (STEMI) designation will continue focused on coordinating care between prehospital agencies and the destination hospital. This time-critical award level is limited to those agencies that provide patient transport to STEMI-receiving and STEMI-referring centers. For an agency to be eligible for the Mission: Lifeline Target Heart Attack award, it must first meet the criteria of the Mission: Lifeline EMS Prehospital award (Gold, Silver, or Bronze)

Any additional program changes will be announced in Fall of 2023. 

Mission: Lifeline 2024 EMS Recognition Criteria
Mission: Lifeline Prehospital Recognition | Frequently Asked Questions. 

Recognition Ad Kit and Certification Distribution

2023 Mission: Lifeline EMS Recognition certification and distribution will occur in early July 2023. For questions regarding your award, please email [email protected].

The American Heart Association appreciates your continued commitment to providing quality care to the communities you serve.

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