Conway Regional Medical Center is one of 10 hospitals across the state of Arkansas that were recognized for implementing specific quality improvement measures outlined by the American Heart Association for the treatment of patients who suffer severe heart attacks.

Awards were given to the hospitals Friday at the American Heart Association’s Central Arkansas Office.

The following hospitals received an award for their role in meeting specific criteria and standards of performance for treating patients with STEMI (ST elevation myocardial infarction), the deadliest type of heart attack and NSTEMI heart attacks, which are more common. Achieving Mission: Lifeline Recognition denotes a commitment to high quality systems of care amongst STEMI Receiving Hospitals, STEMI Referring Hospitals, 911 EMS Agencies, Interfacility Transport Agencies and other supporting system participants through collaborative efforts.

The following hospitals earned the award by meeting specific criteria and standards of performance for quick and appropriate treatment through promptly diagnosing patients experiencing a STEMI and transferring them to hospitals that provide emergency procedures to re-establish blood flow to blocked arteries when needed.

Mission: Lifeline STEMI Referring Center-Silver

• Five Rivers Medical Center in Pocahontas.

• Forrest City Medical Center.

The following hospitals earned the award by meeting specific criteria and standards of performance for quick and appropriate treatment for STEMI patients through emergency procedures to re-establish blood flow to blocked arteries in heart attack patients coming into the hospital directly or by transfer from another facility. Each of the facilities are equipped with a 24/7 catheterization lab.

Mission: Lifeline STEMI Receiving Center-Bronze

• CHI St. Vincent-North in Sherwood.

• White River Health System in Batesville.

Mission: Lifeline STEMI Receiving Center-Bronze Plus

• Baxter Regional Medical Center in Mountain Home.

Mission: Lifeline STEMI Receiving Center-Silver Plus

• Arkansas Heart Hospital in Little Rock.

• CHI St. Vincent Infirmary in Little Rock.

• Conway Regional Medical Center.

Mission: Lifeline STEMI Receiving-Gold Plus

• St Bernards Medical Center in Jonesboro.

The following hospital earned the award by meeting specific criteria and standards of performance for the quick and appropriate treatment of NSTEMI heart attack patients by providing emergency procedures to re-establish blood flow to blocked arteries when needed.

Mission: Lifeline NSTEMI-Bronze

• St. Bernards Medical Center in Jonesboro.

“We commend these facilities for their awards in recognition for following evidence-based guidelines for heart attack treatment,” said Kristen Waller, Quality & Systems Improvement Director for the American Heart Association. “We applaud the commitment to their critical role in the system of care for quickly and appropriately treating heart attack patients.”