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Baptist Health Lexington Wins KHA Quality Award

Baptist Health Lexington was awarded the Kentucky Hospital Association’s highest quality honor, its 2009 Annual Quality Award.

The Quality Award honors hospital leadership and innovation in quality, safety and commitment in patient care.

Baptist Health Lexington was recognized specifically for its Code AMI-STEMI program, which achieved a 100 percent success rate of providing intervention in less than 90 minutes to patients with ST-elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI), a condition in which a blocked artery could lead to permanent heart damage. The less-than-90-minute goal stemmed from guidelines recommended by the American College of Cardiology and the American Heart Association.


Among the many initiatives implemented in the Code AMI-STEMI program were:

  • Establishment of a one-call Code AMI system enabling the Emergency Department physician to simultaneously activate the cardiac catheterization team, the interventional cardiologist and other appropriate personnel
  • Revision of Emergency Department protocols for chest pain, shortness of breath and abdominal pain to identify patients with atypical symptoms of AMI
  • Mapping of the patient-care process and establishment of time-based goals for each step from arrival to intervention
  • Collaboration with the Lexington Fire Department and Emergency Medical Services to provide immediate notification of a STEMI patient to the Emergency Department and to fax EKG results directly to Emergency Department physician
  • Ongoing education of Emergency Department and Cath Lab staff.

Baptist Health Lexington also was awarded the 2007 KHA Quality Award for its Total Joint Project, a multidisciplinary team approach to improving the hospital's total hip and knee joint replacement services.