BVRMC Receives American Heart Association’s Mission: Lifeline EMS Silver Plus Recognition Award

Elissa Doebel | October 22nd, 2020

STORM LAKE, IOWA, 2020 — Buena Vista Regional Medical Center has received the American Heart Association’s Mission: Lifeline® EMS Silver Plus Award for implementing quality improvement measures for the treatment of patients who experience severe heart attacks.

Every year, more than 250,000 people experience an ST elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) the deadliest type of heart attack caused by a blockage of blood flow to the heart that requires timely treatment. To prevent death, it’s critical to restore blood flow as quickly as possible, either by mechanically opening the blocked vessel or by providing clot-busting medication.

The Mission: Lifeline initiative provides tools, training and other resources to support heart attack care following protocols from the most recent evidence-based treatment guidelines. Mission: Lifeline’s EMS recognition program recognizes emergency medical services for their efforts in improving systems of care to rapidly identify suspected heart attack patients, promptly notify the medical center and trigger an early response from the awaiting hospital personnel.

“BVRMC is dedicated to providing optimal care for heart attack patients,” said Michele Kelly, Chief Clinical Officer. “We are pleased to be recognized for our dedication and achievements in emergency medical care efforts through Mission: Lifeline.”

“EMTs and paramedics play a vital part in the system of care for those who have heart attacks,” said Tim Henry, M.D., Chair of the Mission: Lifeline Acute Coronary Syndrome Subcommittee. “Since they often are the first medical point of contact, they can save precious minutes of treatment time by activating the emergency response system that alerts hospitals to an incoming heart attack patient. We applaud Buena Vista Regional Medical Center for achieving this award in following evidence-based guidelines in the treatment of people who have severe heart attacks.”

“We are very proud to earn this award. We have worked very hard to make improvements in our patient care to better serve our patients,” states Robert Shontz, Ambulance Manager. “We employ the latest evidence based practices to achieve better outcomes for our patients who are having heart attacks and have decreased the time in getting them to the proper Cath lab much faster than in the past”.

About Mission: Lifeline

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 acute coronary syndrome patients. The program works by mobilizing teams across the continuum of care to implement American Heart Association/American College of Cardiology clinical treatment guidelines.  For more information, visit

Pictured L-R and F-B: Lorinda Peterson, EMT; Dave Patton, AEMT; Kyle Ford, Paramedic; Neal Eisenbacher, Paramedic; Laura Degner, Paramedic; John Dahl, Paramedic; Matt Imming, Emergency Services Educator/Supervisor; Robert Shontz, Ambulance Manager; Loren Booth, Paramedic; Dr. Garrett Feddersen, ER Medical Director; Mickey Sauser, Paramedic; Kenny Moen, Paramedic; Lindsay Brown, AEMT; Michael Waddell, Paramedic; and Joyce Schnabel, Paramedic. Those not pictured: Cody Cameron, Paramedic; Josh Egesdal, Paramedic; Eric Hennings, Paramedic; Michele Ronfeldt, EMT; Dan Skogman, Paramedic; Dakota Woolworth, Paramedic; and Sarah Naberhaus, Director of ER/Ambulance.