Gwinnett Medical Center Recognized for Excellence in Care for Heart Attack and Stroke

Gwinnett Medical Center (GMC) announced today it has been recognized by The American Heart Association for its world-class care for heart attack and stroke patients.

Two Mission Lifeline Awards recognize GMC for implementing effective treatment methods to reduce mortality rates from non-ST-elevation myocardial infarction (NSTEMI) and ST-elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI), the deadliest form of heart attack.

The Get With The Guidelines award acknowledges hospitals that treat stroke patients with a distinct criteria of care from initial visit to patient discharge.

The Mission Lifeline: NSTEMI Gold Achievement Award and the Mission: Lifeline Gold Plus Receiving Quality Achievement Award, which was awarded for GMC’s STEMI care, are part of the American Heart Association’s initiative to promote more effective treatment of NSTEMI and STEMI with prompt and efficient care. The awards honor health systems that implement specific criteria and use advanced medical technologies in treating NSTEMI and STEMI patients to quickly re-establish blood flow to blocked arteries.

Additionally, Gwinnett Medical Center received the American Heart Association’s Get With The Guidelines Target: Stroke Honor Roll Elite-Plus Gold-Plus Quality Achievement Award. This approach to stroke treatment places speedy patient recovery as well as reducing disability and death at the forefront of patient care. GMC was recognized for its adherence to strict program guidelines and achieving the American Heart Association’s highest standards in patient care.

“We are honored to have been recognized by the American Heart Association as a health system committed to quality care,” said Gwinnett Medical Center’s Chief Nursing Officer and Vice President Pam Garland. “The resources provided through this initiative have helped us track and improve upon our patient outcomes and we are sincerely grateful to the association for their continued support of our life-saving work.”

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

About Get With The Guidelines® 
Get With The Guidelines® is the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s hospital-based quality improvement program that provides hospitals with tools and resources to increase adherence to the latest research-based guidelines. Developed with the goal of saving lives and hastening recovery, Get With The Guidelines has touched the lives of more than 6 million patients since 2001. For more information, visit