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Emergency Department Employees Receive STEMI Excellence Award

Two women pose with STEMI Excellence certificates.

Two Skagit Regional Health employees, Ali McKenna, Register Nurse and Lorraine Nations, Technician, who work at Cascade Valley Hospital in the Emergency Department, were recently presented with a STEMI excellence award. They received this award for the fast, efficient care they delivered on January 1, 2022, when transferring a patient from the Cascade Valley Hospital Emergency Department to the Skagit Valley Hospital Cath lab

STEMI, short for ST-elevation myocardial infarction, is the deadliest type of heart attack that mainly affects the lower chambers of a person’s heart. A STEMI heart attack is a total or nearly total blockage of a coronary artery that supplies oxygen-rich blood to part of the heart muscle.

In 2010, the American Heart Association started the Mission: Lifeline® program that recognizes hospitals for their outstanding performance in high-quality systems by meeting or exceeding the guidelines in treating patients with STEMI heart attacks.

Congratulations Ali and Lorraine for providing exceptional care! Thank you for the outstanding coordination between the teams at Cascade Valley Hospital and Skagit Valley Hospital and for your dedication to the patients of Skagit Regional Health.