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Dallas Regional Medical Center in Mesquite is being recognized for its work to improve treatment of patients suffering heart attacks.

The American Heart Association’s Mission: Lifeline program looks to advance the system of care for patients suffering life-threatening conditions. Dallas Regional Medical Center was awarded the Mission: Lifeline Silver Receiving Achievement Award thanks to its implementation of procedures intended to get blood flowing once again in patients whose arteries have become blocked.

That’s a critical portion of care for those suffering ST elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI), the deadliest type of heart attack, according to American Heart Association materials.

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

The Mission: Lifeline program works to reduce obstacles that can pop up in the chain of reporting heart attacks, from the 911 call to the transport to the emergency room to discharge.

“Dallas Regional Medical Center is dedicated to providing optimal care for heart attack patients,” CEO Glenda Matchett said in a news release. “Patient care is our top priority, so we are thrilled to be recognized for our dedication and achievements in cardiac care through Mission: Lifeline.”