Wilson County Emergency Services District No. 3 nationally recognized for its commitment to quality care for heart attacks and strokes in Wilson County.
The American Heart Association presents the Mission: Lifeline EMS Silver achievement award for proven dedication to ensuring access to best practices and life-saving care.
LA VERNIA, TX— 7/11/2023 - Wilson County Emergency Services District No. 3 has received the American Heart Association’s Mission: Lifeline® EMS Silver achievement award for its commitment to offering rapid and research-based care to people experiencing the most severe form of heart attacks and strokes, ultimately saving lives.
Emergency medical services staff can begin treatment when they arrive — up to an hour sooner than if someone goes to the hospital by car. EMS staff are also trained to provide resuscitation efforts to someone whose heart has stopped. People who arrive by ambulance may also receive faster treatment at the hospital.
Mission: Lifeline EMS® is the American Heart Association's national initiative to advance the system of care for patients with high-risk, time-sensitive disease states, such as severe heart attacks and strokes. The program helps reduce barriers to prompt treatment — starting from when 911 is called, to EMS transport and continuing through hospital treatment and discharge. Optimal care for heart attack and stroke patients takes coordination between the individual prehospital providers and healthcare systems.
“Arguably the most important link in the chains of survival for acute stroke and cardiovascular emergencies is emergency medical services and prehospital professionals,” said Edward Jauch, M.D., MS, MBA, chair of the department of research at the University of North Carolina Health Sciences at Mountain Area Health Center. “Early condition identification, stabilization and prehospital interventions, and initiation of actions within the regional systems of care provide patients with the best chance for receiving expedient definitive therapies leading to optimal outcomes and maximized quality of life.
“The American Heart Association Mission: Lifeline EMS awards are an important way to recognize the crucial roles and performances of EMS personnel in stroke and cardiac patients’ care.”
The Mission: Lifeline EMS achievement award focuses on agencies’ on-scene care, bringing to the forefront the collaboration and contributions to patient care for prehospital providers.
“Wilson County Emergency Services District No.3 is honored to be recognized by the American Heart Association for our dedication to providing optimal care for heart attack patients,” said EMS Chief David Rice. “The Mission: Lifeline program puts proven knowledge and guidelines to work on
a daily basis, so patients have the best possible chance of survival.” This could not have been achieved without the professional and dedicated employees of ESD #3 who are always training to make themselves better clinical providers, and our Medical Director Dr. CJ Winckler M.D. Wilson County Emergency Services District No. 3 is also recognized on the American Heart Association’s Mission: Lifeline System of Care Target: Heart Attack award, focused on the system of care for patients. This award highlights the collaboration and contributions of both prehospital and hospital providers. This time-critical award level is limited to those agencies that provide patient transport to STEMI-receiving and STEMI-referring centers.