Gary Myers, MS, NREMT
This year an estimated 1.4 million people will suffer a heart attack. Approximately 400,000 of those victims will experience a STEMI.
Mission: Lifeline will be implemented over three years, in collaboration with Nebraska’s health systems, emergency medical service (EMS) providers, the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services’ Division of Public Health, and others.
Mission: Lifeline helps identify the gaps that lead to slower and less effective patient care, and with the providers in the state, closes those gaps through change in protocols and processes, and also in providing resources such as life-saving equipment.
Time is muscle. The outcome of STEMI events depends greatly on the care patients receive and the timeframe in which they receive it. The American Heart Association and the American College of Cardiology's guidelines recommend that balloon angioplasty be performed within 90 minutes - preferably less - of arrival at any hospital.
In partnership with the medical community, this collaboration has the power to transform patient care for future heart attack victims in Nebraska. This innovative regional collaboration will work to ensure equipment compatibility, consistent training and uniform protocols for both transporting and treating heart attack patients across the region.
The lead funder for this investment in Nebraska is The Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust, one of the nation’s largest foundations, providing a grant of $4.1 million to the American Heart Association for the initiative.
Other current funders include:
- Fremont Area Community Foundation
- Fremont Health Foundation
- Peter Kiewit Foundation
- William and Ruth Scott Foundation
- Suzanne and Walter Scott Foundation
- COPIC Medical Foundation
- Ron and Carol Cope Charitable Fund
- Hamilton Community Foundation
- Dillon Foundation
- The Fund for Omaha through the Omaha Community Foundation
- Valmont Foundation
- Aaron and Rachel Wagner
- Mid-Nebraska Community Foundation
- Peed Foundation
- Pinnacle Bank – Madison Branch
- Lozier Foundation
- American National Bank
- J Peter Ricketts