Aurora BayCare is first in state to receive American Heart Association accreditation for acute cardiac care

September 03, 2013

Green Bay, Wis. – Aurora BayCare Medical Center is the first hospital in Wisconsin to receive the American Heart Association’s Mission: Lifeline® Heart Attack Receiving Center Accreditation.

The accreditation program – sponsored by the American Heart Association and the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care –recognizes centers that meet or exceed quality of care measures for people experiencing the most severe type of heart attack, ST-elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI), in which blood flow is completely blocked to a portion of the heart.

“We are extremely proud to be the first hospital in Wisconsin to receive this accreditation,” said Dr. Richard Ludgin, Chief Medical Officer for Aurora BayCare Medical Center. “It is wonderful news for our community as it validates the high-quality, advanced care to which patients have access at Aurora BayCare’s Heart, Lung & Vascular Center.”

Aurora BayCare underwent numerous on-site reviews by accreditation specialists from the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care.

Research has shown that handling Heart, Lung & Vascular together creates a better, less confusing, level of care. By being the first in the area to create an integrated approach to heart, lung & vascular care, Aurora BayCare makes it less complicated for our patients to receive excellent heart care.

Thomson Reuters and Truven Health have recognized the Heart, Lung & Vascular Center at Aurora BayCare several times as a Top 50 and Top 100 heart hospital.

Through its accreditation program, the American Heart Association hopes to significantly reduce cardiac death by teaching the public to recognize and react to early symptoms of a heart attack, reduce the time it takes to receive lifesaving treatment and increase the accuracy and effectiveness of treatment administered.

The American Heart Association’s overall goal for Mission: Lifeline® Heart Attack Receiving Center Accreditation is to significantly reduce cardiac death in patients by teaching the public to recognize and react to early symptoms of a heart attack, reduce the time it takes to receive life-saving treatment and increase the accuracy and effectiveness of treatment administered.

Aurora BayCare Medical Center is a 167-bed, full-service tertiary care hospital located at 2845 Greenbrier Road on Green Bay’s east side. It opened in September 2001 as a joint effort of Aurora Health Care and BayCare Clinic. Aurora BayCare is committed to creating a better way to provide high quality tertiary health care, the latest in medical technology and superior service.

Aurora Health Care is a not-for-profit health care provider and a nationally recognized leader in efforts to improve health care quality. Aurora offers services at sites in more than 90 communities throughout eastern Wisconsin and northern Illinois.

BayCare Clinic is the largest physician-owned specialty-care clinic in Northeast Wisconsin and the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. It is comprised of over 100 specialty physicians with expertise in more than 20 specialties. BayCare Clinic physicians have served patients in Green Bay and the surrounding region for over 25 years.

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Kristin Rabas
Aurora Health Care
Public Affairs
Office: (920) 288-3638
Cell: (920) 373-4761
kristin.rabas@aurora.org

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