NewYork-Presbyterian Queens Receives Mission: Lifeline® Gold Achievement Award from American Heart Association

Jun 26, 2018

Queens, New York

NewYork-Presbyterian Queens has received the Mission: Lifeline® Gold Achievement Award for implementing specific quality improvement measures outlined by the American Heart Association for the treatment of patients who suffer severe heart attacks.

The hospital earned the award by meeting specific criteria and standards of performance for quick and appropriate treatment. The treatment process begins with 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.

“All of our doctors, nurses and staff are dedicated to providing optimal care for heart attack patients. The cardiac program is extremely proficient in a variety of approaches, levels of intervention and surgical procedures to provide patients with the care they need for recovery,” said Jaclyn Mucaria, president of NewYork-Presbyterian Queens. “This latest achievement in cardiac care, paired with our recognition as both a Level I Trauma Center and State Designated Primary Stroke Center, demonstrate that our hospital is truly prepared in the event of a serious medical emergency.”

According to the AHA, 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, by mechanically opening the blocked vessel.

The American Heart Association’s Mission: Lifeline program’s goal is to reduce system barriers to prompt treatment for heart attacks. This process begins 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. 

NewYork-Presbyterian Queens
NewYork-Presbyterian Queens, located in Flushing, New York, is a community teaching hospital affiliated with Weill Cornell Medicine, serving Queens and metro New York residents. The 535-bed tertiary care facility provides services in 14 clinical departments and numerous subspecialties.  Annually, 15,000 surgeries and 4,000 infant deliveries are performed at NewYork-Presbyterian Queens. With its network of affiliated primary and multispecialty care physician practices and community-based health centers, the hospital provides approximately 162,000 ambulatory care visits and 124,000 emergency service visits annually. For more information, visit

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