Oct 16
Blog: Interventional Cardiology Recognized by the American Heart Association

Our Interventional Cardiology program, which opened in 2017, is the proud recipient of the hard-won Mission: Lifeline® Gold Receiving Quality Achievement Award from the American Heart Association! Saratoga Hospital 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.

Did you know more than 250,000 people in the U.S. experience an ST elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI), the deadliest type of heart attack, every year? It’s caused by a blockage of blood flow to the heart. To prevent death, it’s critical to restore blood flow as quickly as possible. 

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’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.

“It is truly an honor to receive this award—following just two years of operation—recognizing our achievements and commitment to quality through Mission: Lifeline,” says Theodoros Laddis, MD, our Chief of Cardiology in Saratoga Hospital Medical Group - Cardiology. “Our Interventional Cardiology team is dedicated to providing optimal care for heart attack patients, right here close to home in Saratoga Springs, 24/7, when minutes matter.”

Rocco D. Grella, MD, our Medical Director of Interventional Cardiology, adds, “Our greatest reward is seeing the lives we’re impacting every day since we opened. We could not have done this without the skilled commitment of our physicians and staff, especially our staff in the Whitney-Hendrickson Cardiovascular & Interventional Suite who are on call every night, ready at a moment’s notice. They have our deepest gratitude, and we additionally extend our thanks to our affiliation partners at Albany Med and the generous Saratoga Springs community.”

To learn more about our Interventional Cardiology program, click here.

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