Mission: Lifeline is now accepting applications for its new EMS STEMI care recognition program

From the American Heart Association:

Dear EMS Leader,

I wanted to make sure you were aware of an opportunity for EMS agencies to submit an application for Mission: Lifeline EMS Recognition and hope you could also spread the word to our EMS agencies’ leadership.

Until now, only hospitals submitting data into ACTION Registry-GWTG have been eligible to achieve Mission: Lifeline recognition. Mission: Lifeline recognition for hospitals is the only AHA recognition program that includes a measure of system performance, moving quality improvement for hospitals to include EMS agency involvement. Developing a quality patient-centered awards program based on ACC/AHA guidelines for EMS was challenging on multiple levels, but it is now a reality. The Mission: Lifeline EMS Application submission period opened January 1 and will remain open through February 28, 2014.

The Mission: Lifeline EMS Recognition Criteria and Measures document is a great one-pager that summarizes the recognition program.

The application steps are really easy.

1) Review the content and information required to submit in the Mission: Lifeline EMS Application

2) Organize the information prior to beginning the online application using

a. EMS/Hospital Feedback Worksheet – Provides a template for follow up data collection on patients treated and transported to a STEMI receiving Center or a STEMI Referring Center. This worksheet is available for download in PDF and Excel format.

3) Complete and submit the Mission: Lifeline EMS recognition Application

4) Expect notification of award achievement in April


For more information please feel free to contact me directly and/or visit our EMS Recognition webpage.


Alexander R. Kuhn, MPH

American Heart Association

5455 North High Street

Columbus, OH 43214