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Intermountain's Clinical Programs and Services focus the efforts of physicians, nurses, and other caregivers on continually perfecting clinical work processes. This team approach seeks to provide the best care to every patient every time, using techniques proven effective.
For example, the Intermountain Heart Institute received a perfect score—100 percent—for the second year in a row by setting a standard for the nation in treating patients suffering from a major blockage in one of their heart arteries. This type of blockage is known as STEMI (ST Elevation Myocardial Infarction) and accounts for a third of all heart attacks. It requires rapid response to save heart muscle and prevent complications. The process starts with diagnosing the problem and ends with carefully placing a balloon inside the vein to open the blocked artery.
The national standard is to perform this process in less than 90 minutes, starting from the time a STEMI patient enters the hospital doors. While many hospitals throughout the nation received perfect scores, what sets the Intermountain Medical Center Heart Institute apart is its door-to-balloon times for patients transferred from neighboring hospitals. Where other health systems have times ranging from 140-160 minutes for transfer patients, the Intermountain Medical Center Heart Institute has maintained a perfect score of less than 90 minutes for these patients in spite of travel times. No other hospital in the nation has recorded such exceptional scores.
“I think the low mortality rate reflects the full integrative program available here,” said Don Lappé, MD, Medical Director of the Cardiovascular Clinical Program. “All patients at Intermountain hospitals are afforded the best possible care. We bring the patients to where they can benefit from the best equipment and the most experienced team of doctors, nurses, and staff.”