The American Heart Association presents the Mission: Lifeline EMS Bronze Plus achievement award for proven dedication to ensuring access to best practices and life-saving care.

FAIRPORT, NY— Perinton Ambulance has received the American Heart Association’s Mission: Lifeline® EMS Bronze Plus achievement award for its commitment to offering rapid and research-based care to people experiencing the most severe form of heart attacks, ultimately saving lives.

Each year, more than 250,000 people experience a type of heart attack known as an ST elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI), caused by a blockage of blood flow to the heart. To prevent death, it is critical to restore blood flow as quickly as possible by either mechanically opening the blocked vessel or using clot-busting medication.

Mission: Lifeline is the American Heart Association’s national initiative to advance the system of care for patients with high-risk, time-sensitive disease states, such as severe heart attacks. The program helps reduce barriers to prompt treatment for heart attacks – starting from when 911 is called, to EMS transport and continuing through hospital treatment and discharge. Optimal care for heart attack patients takes coordination between the individual hospital, EMS and health care system.

The health care professionals who interact with a patient even before he or she enters the hospital or emergency room play a vital part in the system of care for those who have heart attacks,” said James G. Jollis, M.D., volunteer chair for the GWTG-CAD Systems of Care Advisory Work Group and professor of medicine at Duke University School of Medicine. “Since they are the first medical point of contact, they can save precious minutes of treatment time by activating the emergency response system that alerts hospitals to an incoming heart attack patient.” 

The Mission: Lifeline achievement award is earned by agencies that demonstrate a commitment to treating patients according to the most up-to-date research-based  practices as outlined by the American Heart Association. 

“Perinton Ambulance is honored to be recognized by the American Heart Association for our dedication to providing optimal care for heart attack patients,” said Chief Mike Hoskins. “The Mission: Lifeline program puts proven knowledge and guidelines to work on a daily basis so patients have the best possible chance of survival.”


About Perinton Ambulance

Perinton Ambulance is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing exceptional medical services to the Town of Perinton and Village of Fairport, NY, as well as surrounding areas as needed. In addition to emergency response, the service provides CPR & First Aid training, community outreach programs, child passenger safety seat inspections, a loan cupboard, and an Explorer Post for youth between the ages of 14 and 18. For more information, visit

 About Mission: Lifeline

The American Heart Association’s Mission: Lifeline® program is a national initiative to advanced the system of care for patients with acute, high-risk time sensitive life and/or quality of life-threatening disease states. The overarching goals of Mission: Lifeline are to bring stakeholders together in a collaborative manner and to reduce mortality and morbidity for these patients while improving overall quality of care and patient outcomes. For more information, visit

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“Perinton Ambulance’s recognition by the AHA reaffirms that we are meeting or exceeding national benchmarks in providing the highest quality clinical care to those we serve. With that said, we can only help those who call 911 when recognizing heart attack symptoms – so know the symptoms!

Dr. Jeremy Cushman, PVAC Medical Director

“Mission: Lifeline recognition is further evidence that Perinton Ambulance cares about our community and is always working to provide the best emergency care possible. How can you help? Know the symptoms of a heart attack and learn CPR!

Dr. Tyler Lemay, PVAC Assistant Medical Director

“I am proud of our dedicated staff of EMTs and Paramedics who work diligently every day to care for our patients and earned this designation. The Fairport-Perinton community should be proud of their community not-for-profit ambulance service in earning this award for excellent care.”

Mike Hoskins, Chief

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