St.Vincent Heart Center Honored with American Heart Association’s Mission: Lifeline Gold Quality Achievement Award for Heart Attack Care

Jen Dial


INDIANAPOLISSt.Vincent Heart Center has received the Mission: Lifeline® Gold Receiving Quality Achievement Award for implementing specific quality improvement measures outlined by the American Heart Association (AHA) for the treatment of patients who suffer severe heart attacks.

Each year in the United States, approximately 250,000 people have a STEMI, or ST-segment Elevation Myocardial Infarction, caused by a complete blockage of blood flow to the heart that requires timely treatment. To reduce heart muscle damage and decrease the risk of death, it’s critical to restore blood flow immediately, either by surgically opening the blocked vessel or by giving clot-busting medication.

Hospitals involved in Mission: Lifeline are part of a system that makes sure STEMI patients receive the right care they need, as quickly as possible. Mission: Lifeline focuses on improving the system of care for these patients and at the same time improving care for all heart attack patients.

“St.Vincent Heart Center and St.Vincent Medical Group are proud to be recognized by AHA for this achievement,” said Dr. Edward Fry, chairman of the St.Vincent Medical Group Cardiology Division. “Developing local, regional and statewide systems of care for heart attack patients in need of timely, effective and life-saving emergent treatment is a long standing focus of St.Vincent.”

As a “STEMI Receiving Hospital,” St.Vincent Heart Center meets high standards of performance in rapid and evidence-based treatment of STEMI patients to open a blocked artery. Before discharge, patients are started on proven aggressive risk reduction therapies such as cholesterol-lowering medications, anti-platelet agents, ACE inhibitors, and beta-blockers. In addition, patients start cardiac rehabilitation and receive smoking cessation counseling, if needed. Hospitals must meet a high standard in delivering these guideline-based treatments consistently for a designated period of time in order to be eligible for this prestigious achievement award.                                 

“We commend St.Vincent Heart Center for this achievement award, which reflects a significant institutional commitment to improve the quality of care for their heart attack patients,” said A. Gray Ellrodt, MD, chair of the Mission: Lifeline committee and chief of medicine at the Berkshire Medical Center in Pittsfield, Mass. “All too many heart attack patients in the United States still fail to receive appropriate treatment for their life-threatening condition within the recommended timeframes. We must all continue this important work to streamline and coordinate regional systems of care to save lives and prevent complications."

Services at St.Vincent Heart Center include: 24/7 Heart Emergency Unit/Accredited Chest Pain Center; Arctic Sun therapeutic hypothermia equipment; coronary bypass, heart valve and other open heart surgery; cardiac catheterization; heart transplants; Indiana Heart Attack Network (IHAN); interventional cardiology; minimally invasive and robot-assisted heart surgery; pacemaker and defibrillator installation and replacement; port access cardiac surgery; radiology services; Sleep Center of Indiana; targeted diagnostic services; Cardiac MRI and Coronary CT Angiography; The Vascular Institute; and St. Vincent Medical Group Women’s Cardiac Risk Clinic.



St.Vincent Heart Center

The St.Vincent Heart Center (SVHC) program location at 106th and Meridian streets is a hospital in which physicians have an ownership or investment interest. Physician investors of this hospital are members of the medical staffs of hospitals affiliated with St.Vincent Health, Inc.  SVHC opened as the first freestanding heart hospital in the Indianapolis metro area in 2002. The 120-bed hospital specializes in interventional cardiology, cardiac catheterization, cardiac surgery, vascular medicine, thoracic procedures and transplants. SVHC is home to the $49 Heart Scan; 24/7 Heart Emergency Unit; the A-Fib Center of Excellence; the Congestive Heart Failure Center of Excellence; the Indiana Heart Attack Network; and the Sleep Center of Indiana.  SVHC also has a program on the St.Vincent Indianapolis Hospital campus located at 86th Street.  These two programs have been named number one and two in the state by HealthGrades for Overall Cardiac Care in 2013.  Additionally, SVHC received the HealthGrades Cardiac Care Excellence Award for the second consecutive year, and was rated among the top 5 percent in the nation for Overall Cardiac Services, Cardiology Services, and Coronary Interventional Procedures.  Both programs are also recognized as Accredited Chest Pain Centers.


About Mission: Lifeline

The American Heart Association’s Mission: Lifeline program helps hospitals and emergency medical services develop systems of care that follow proven standards and procedures for STEMI patients. The program works by mobilizing teams across the continuum of care to implement American Heart Association/American College of Cardiology Foundation clinical treatment guidelines.  For more information, visit and