Heart LifeLine Alliance was developed by the cardiologists at Missouri Baptist Medical Center in partnership with rural hospitals, medical helicopter and ambulance services. With one phone call from a local hospital’s ER, patients who are having an acute heart attack, known as ST-elevated myocardial infarctions (STEMI), are transferred by helicopter or ambulance to the 24/7 Cath Labs at Missouri Baptist where they can receive lifesaving treatment.
Simply: People in outlying and rural communities deserve the same level of care available to people who live near a major medical center. Research suggests that opening up a heart-attack-causing blockage with an angioplasty balloon and a stent yields better results than clot-busting drugs. Proponents believe the approach reduces the long-term health affects of a heart attack and actually saves money in long-term care costs.
Since 2008, more than 400 patients have benefited from Heart LifeLine Alliance Program.
To learn more about our outstanding clinical outcomes, please contact our program coordinator, Annette Casey, RN, at (314) 996-5600.
For more information on the Heart LifeLine Alliance Program, call 314-996-3627 or contact us online.
Read about some of the people who have been helped through the Heart LifeLine Alliance.
It was on a Tuesday when 77-year old Verna, mother of eight and wife who had just celebrated her second anniversary (second marriage, after being widowed), was working in her garden and began to feel nauseous, clammy and experienced blurred vision. She couldn’t even see her cell phone numbers. She told her husband Wayne that she was going in the house.
“It never crossed my mind that I may be having a heart attack,” said Verna. “I thought I was going to pass out.”
At a neighbor's suggestion, her husband called an ambulance to take her to Iron County Hospital, where the ER doctors activated the Heart LifeLine Alliance protocols.
After spending the day fishing the Current River, a University City man suffers a heart attack near Salem, Mo. As part of the Heart LifeLine Alliance, the staff at Salem Memorial Hospital were able to activate the plan for STEMI patients and he was flown to Missouri Baptist for advanced treatment options.