CHI St. Luke’s Health-Memorial Earns Silver Award for STEMI Treatment

Every year, more than 250,000 people experience the most deadly type of heart attack which is caused by a blockage of blood flow to the heart. These STEMI (ST elevation myocardial infarction) heart attacks require timely treatment as it is critical to restore blood flow as quickly as possible.

CHI St. Luke’s Health-Memorial works to reduce all barriers that would prevent someone from receiving prompt treatment. Due to a lot of hard work and dedication from the physicians, nurses, technicians and hospital staff, as well as the Lufkin Fire Department, Memorial received the American Heart Association’s Mission: Lifeline STEMI Receiving Center – Silver Quality Achievement Award. The award is presented to a select few throughout the country that have implemented specific quality improvement measures to make sure patients get the treatment they need, faster.

“CHI St. Luke’s Health-Memorial Lufkin is constantly striving to enhance the quality of care our heart attack patients receive, and the American Heart Association’s Mission: Lifeline program is helping us accomplish that goal through nationally respected clinical guidelines,” said Shawn Barnett, CHI St. Luke’s Health Memorial COO & Lufkin President. “We are very proud to be recognized for our achievements in cardiac care.”

“We commend CHI St. Luke’s Health Memorial for this achievement which reflects a significant institutional commitment to the highest quality of care for their heart attack patients,” said James G. Jollis, MD, Chair of the Mission: Lifeline Advisory Working Group. “We applaud them for their commitment to quality and timely care.”

CHI St. Luke’s Health Memorial Lufkin earned the award by meeting specific criteria and standards of performance for the quick and appropriate treatment of STEMI patients by providing emergency procedures to re-establish blood flow to blocked arteries when needed. Eligible hospitals must adhere to these measures at a set level for 12 consecutive months to receive this award.

Cutline: CHI St. Luke’s Health-Memorial’s excellent response rates for patients suffering a STEMI (ST elevation myocardial infarction) heart attack could not be achieved without the men and women of the Lufkin Fire Department.

About CHI St. Luke’s Health-Memorial

Memorial provides more than a quarter of a million patient services each year and has a longstanding history of providing quality, innovative health care in East Texas.

With hospitals in Lufkin, Livingston, San Augustine and Memorial Specialty – the area’s only long-term acute care hospital – CHI St. Luke’s Health-Memorial provides millions of dollars in charity care and community support each year. Our mission is to nurture the healing ministry of the Church, supported by education and research. Fidelity to the Gospel urges us to emphasize human dignity and social justice as we create healthier communities.

Memorial offers a wide array of services, including the area’s first dedicated heart and stroke care facility and radiation oncology at the Temple Cancer Center. It is also known for the area’s only comprehensive diabetes, heart and stroke education center. Other specialty areas include imaging, orthopedic care, women’s services, inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation, homecare, wound care and hyperbaric oxygen therapy, kidney & diabetes treatment, sleep disorders treatment and express lab.

Memorial Clinics, a division of the health system, employs more than 30 providers in 17 locations across East Texas. Specialties include Family Practice, Obstetrics & Gynecology, Cardiology, Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery, Internal Medicine, Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, Allergy/Otolaryngology (Ear, Nose & Throat), and Chiropractic Care.

About CHI St. Luke’s Health
CHI St. Luke’s Health, a member of Catholic Health Initiatives (CHI), is comprised of three markets?CHI St. Luke’s Health is home of the Texas Heart Institute (THI), eight hospitals, eight emergency centers, Diagnostic & Treatment Center, Radiation & CyberKnife Center, and several St. Luke’s Medical Group locations throughout Greater Houston; CHI St. Luke’s Health Memorial (three hospitals and a long-term acute care facility in East Texas); and CHI St. Joseph Health (five hospitals and several St. Joseph Medical Group locations across Brazos Valley). In addition, CHI St. Luke’s is a part of a joint venture agreement with Baylor College of Medicine, which encompasses Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center in the Texas Medical Center. Together, CHI St. Luke’s Health, THI, and Baylor College of Medicine are transforming healthcare delivery with a mission to usher in a new era of healthcare to create healthier communities. For more information, visit