Leadership Saves Lives

Gulf Coast Healthy Living Magazine Volume 4, Issue 4 Baptist Hospital

In our parents’ day, if you survived a heart attack you could look forward to the life of an invalid involving numerous hospital stays, careful living and an early death. We’ve come a long way since the dramatic scenario of the stressed out businessman (and probable smoker) clutching his chest and collapsing to the floor with a heart attack.

The team that goes into caring for a heart attack patient is made up of physicians, surgeons, nurses, pharmacists, emergency medical technicians (EMTs) and a hospital leadership team that helps coordinate all the pieces to ensure safe, efficient and effective care for the patient. The LSL (Leadership Saves Lives) objective is to get hospital leadership involved in making the changes that will close the gap between hospitals with high AMI mortality rates and those with lower rates.

After the first year, Baptist Hospital achieved its target of reducing mortality by 3 percentage points from the prior year and will work to maintain those results with additional improvement efforts through the second year of the initiative.