Beebe Healthcare was recognized for its performance in caring for patients with life-threatening heart attacks.

The health system received the Mission: Lifeline NSTEMI Bronze Quality Achievement Award for implementing specific quality improvement measures outlined by the American Heart Association for the treatment of patients who have severe heart attacks.

The acronym NSTEMI refers to a type of heart attack in which a major artery to the heart is blocked, requiring the use of emergency procedures to re-establish blood flow to the heart.

Beebe was the only health system in Sussex County to receive this recognition. The quality achievement award is given to hospitals that meet a series of five performance measures that are tied to improved outcomes for patients. The bronze award means that Beebe has been recognized for at least one consecutive 90-day period in which a series of five medical criteria were met.

Beebe was also recognized for four other quality awards from the American Heart Association. They include Get With The Guidelines-Heart Failure Gold Plus Achievement;

Get With The Guidelines-Stroke Gold Plus Achievement; Target: Stroke Honor Roll and Target: Heart Failure Honor Roll.

Similar to the NSTEMI recognition, these awards are given based on adherence to the latest scientific guidelines.

For more, visit heart.org and beebehealthcare.org.