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FGH receives AHA Mission: Lifeline Silver award

Forrest General Hospital has received the Mission: Lifeline Silver Achievement Award from the American Heart Association. Forrest General Hospital has received the Mission: Lifeline Silver Achievement Award from the American Heart Association.
HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) -

Forrest General Hospital has been recognized by the American Heart Association for excellence in treating heart attack patients.  Tuesday, the hospital received the Mission: Lifeline Silver Quality Achievement Award.

It acknowleges the hospital's accomplishments in caring for STEMI patients in a timely and effective manner.

STEMI, or ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction, affects 300,000 people each year in the U.S.

It's the most severe form of a heart attack.

"They have a good group of physicians, technicians, nurses and administrators who get it and that's why they received this award," said Earl Coleman, director of quality systems improvement for the American Heart Association. "Not every hospital has a system that's well-oiled like Forrest General," he said.

"It certainly requires a large team effort, lots of individuals and lots of institutions and we're very proud that we've been recognized for our effort," said Dr. Robert Wilkins, director of the STEMI Care System at Forrest General Hospital.

The American Heart Association also presents a gold performance achievement award.

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