WMHS receives gold awards

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WMHS has been Awarded Mission: Lifeline NSTEMI Gold Quality Achievement Award, as well as the Gold Receiving Quality Achievement Award for implementing specific quality improvement measures outlined by the American Heart Association for the treatment of patients who suffer severe heart attacks. Pictured from left to right are Crissy Martz, Nurse Manager Critical Care; April Kinser, Interventional Radiology Technologist; Dr. Rameen Shafiei, Emergency Services; Marie Buzzerd, Nurse Manager Progressive Care Unit; Dr. Christopher Haas, Cardiologist; Dwayne Kitis, MIEMSS Region I Administrator; Pam Hetrick, RN Cardiac Program Data Analyst; Diane Clark, RN Cath Lab; Chris Conis, RN Cath Lab; James Karstetter, Chief Nursing Officer; Wendy Helms, Nurse Manager Emergency Services and Christine Ruhl, Director Critical Care Services.

CUMBERLAND, Md. — Western Maryland Health System recently received both the Mission: Lifeline NSTEMI Gold Quality Achievement Award, as well as the Gold Receiving Quality Achievement Award for implementing specific quality improvement measures outlined by the American Heart Association for the treatment of patients who suffer severe heart attacks.

WMHS earned these awards by meeting specific criteria and standards of performance, according to a news release.

“It truly is a team effort that requires excellence from multiple services, including our first responders, emergency department, nursing staff, hospitalist service, data collectors, administration, and, of course, the entire cardiology department,” Dr. Christopher Haas, chairman of internal medicine and medical director of cardiology, said in the release. “We review and discuss our processes for every emergency heart attack that comes through our door, and we fine tune even the smallest of details in order to ensure our patients receive top-notch care that meets or exceeds national standards. To have the American Heart Association recognize all of our hard work is humbling, truly an honor and very much appreciated.”