Springfield fire division recognized for heart attack response

The city of Springfield is pleased to announce that the Springfield Fire/Rescue Division has achieved the American Heart Association’s 2016 Mission: Lifeline EMS Gold Level Recognition Award for implementing quality improvement measures for the treatment of patients who experience severe heart attacks.

The purpose of Mission Lifeline is to transform heart attack patient outcomes by connecting health-care providers, pre-hospital providers and community stakeholders in a proactive system of care that saves and improves lives — from symptom onset through cardiac rehabilitation.

The American Heart Association recognizes the vital importance Emergency Medical System providers deliver to the overall success of Mission: Lifeline St-Elevation Myocardial Infarction (STEMI) Systems of Care. By following the American Heart Association protocols, training and practices, EMS providers can rapidly identify suspected heart attack patients and take action.

The 2016 Mission: Lifeline EMS Gold Level Recognition award is based on the achievements identified through the Springfield fire division’s online application and submission of data representative of care delivered in 2015.

The city is honored the fire division achieved this award. Our fire division is committed to saving the lives of Springfield community members.

The Springfield Fire/Rescue Division also received a donation from the Hearth and Home Retirement Center, which held a pancake breakfast fundraiser with all proceeds benefiting the fire division.

The city of Springfield is also pleased to announce we received notice from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development that we will receive Shelter Plus Care 3 funding.

The city applies for a number of grants throughout the year in an effort to support agencies that work with families and individuals struggling with homelessness.

Shelter Plus 3 funds are used for homeless disabled individuals in our community. These funds, along with other federal funds, assist with emergency and transitional housing to help agencies to be responsive to the needs of those who are hit the hardest.

It is important for all Springfield residents to have the necessities needed to live. We hope that these efforts give individuals who are disabled and in financial stress the resources they need.

For more information on these projects, please visit www.springfieldohio.gov.

Jim Bodenmiller is the Springfield city manager.

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