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Vidant Medical Center receives Lifeline STEMI, Lifeline NSTEMI Awards from American Heart Association

August 06, 2019 posted by Brian Wudkwych

Greenville, N.C. – For the second consecutive year, Vidant Medical Center (VMC) has received the Mission: Lifeline® Gold STEMI Receiving Center Quality Achievement Award and the NSTEMI Gold Quality Achievement Award for implementing the most up-to-date evidence-based treatments to improve patient care and outcomes for those suffering life-threatening heart attacks in eastern North Carolina.

“These awards highlight the importance of our system-of-care, which is saving the lives of those we love and serve,” said Rony Shammas, MD, FACC, FSCAI, FASNC, FASE, medical director of Chest Pain and STEMI Program for Vidant Health. “Vidant understands the challenges of serving a vast, rural population and we have worked tirelessly to bring high-quality care to the people of eastern North Carolina.”

VMC earned the Mission: Lifeline® Gold Receiving Quality Achievement Award by meeting specific criteria and standards of performance for quick and appropriate treatment through emergency procedures to re-establish blood flow to blocked arteries in heart attack patients from all over eastern North Carolina despite the unique and challenging nature of the area and the vast geographical region we serve.

Every year, more than 250,000 people experience an ST elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI), the deadliest type of heart attack, caused by a blockage of blood flow to the heart that requires timely treatment. It is critical to restore blood flow as quickly as possible, usually within 90 minutes from onset of symptoms, either by mechanically opening the blocked vessel or, when appropriate, by providing clot-busting medication for those presenting to a regional hospital followed by prompt transfer to VMC.

This award underscores the close collaboration and coordination between Vidant’s system-of-care, regional hospitals, EMS and transport personnel.

“I am proud of cardiovascular teams both in the region and at Vidant Medical Center, as well as our EMS team members,” said Dr. Michael Waldrum, CEO, Vidant Health. “Their collaboration and commitment has helped further our mission to improve the health and well-being of eastern North Carolina.”

The American Heart Association’s Mission: Lifeline program’s goal is to reduce system barriers to prompt treatment for heart attacks, beginning with the 9-1-1 call, to EMS transport and continuing through hospital treatment and discharge. The initiative provides tools, training and other resources to support heart attack care following protocols from the most recent evidence-based treatment guidelines.


Media contact: Brian Wudkwych, 252-214-0782 or

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

About Vidant Health
Vidant Health is a mission-driven, 1,708-bed health system that annually serves a region of more than 1.4 million people in 29 eastern North Carolina counties. The not-for-profit system is made up of more than 14,000 team members, nine hospitals, home health, hospice, wellness centers, and Vidant Medical Group, a multi-specialty physician and provider group with more than 500 providers in more than 100 practice sites in eastern North Carolina. Vidant is affiliated with The Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University. As a major resource for health services and education, Vidant’s mission is to improve the health and well-being of eastern North Carolina. For more information, visit  

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