Published on August 22, 2019

OMC receives Mission: Lifeline Bronze Receiving achievement award

Ozarks Medical Center (OMC) has received the Mission: Lifeline® Bronze 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.

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. To prevent death, it’s critical to restore blood flow as quickly as possible, either by mechanically opening the blocked vessel or by providing clot-busting medication.

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.

OMC earned the 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 coming into the hospital directly or by transfer from another facility.

“Ozarks Medical Center is dedicated to providing optimal care for heart attack patients,” said Tom Keller, OMC President and CEO. “We are pleased to be recognized for our dedication and achievements in cardiac care through Mission: Lifeline.”

“We commend Ozarks Medical Center for this award in recognition for following evidence-based guidelines for timely heart attack treatment,” said Tim Henry, M.D., Chair of the Mission: Lifeline Acute Coronary Syndrome Subcommittee. “We applaud the significant institutional commitment to their critical role in the system of care for quickly and appropriately treating heart attack patients.”

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 Ozarks Medical Center:

Ozarks Medical Center is a system of care encompassing eight primary care and 16 specialty clinics, along with complete rehabilitation, behavioral healthcare, and home care services. While the 114-bed acute care hospital cares for more than 5,400 admissions, the entire medical system has more than 364,000 patient visits annually in South Central Missouri and Northern Arkansas.

OMC Heart Care and ED Staff

Pictured from left to right, Back Row:  Dr. Eli Denney, OMC ED; Christina Summers, RN, Clinical Supervisor, OMC ED; Lacey Carter, RN, MSN, OMC; Mandy Pender, RN, Clinical Supervisor, OMC ED.

Pictured from left to right, Front Row:  Katie Troll, Director of Quality and Systems Improvement-Missouri, American Heart Association; Dr. Sonia Gerlick, OMC Emergency Department; Christy Lowe, RN, BSN, RCIS; Brandi Ledbetter, RN, OMC Cath Lab; Kala Trantham, RT(R), OMC Cath Lab; Sarah Dellette, RN, OMC ED; Devon Emerson, RT(R), RCIS, OMC Director, Cardiopulmonary Services.

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