On Friday April 29, Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton signed into law HF2613 – to launch an official Minnesota STEMI System of Care and prioritize the highest quality treatment for anyone who suffers a heart attack, regardless of where they live in Minnesota!
The new legislation authorizes the MN Department of Health to designate nationally accredited STEMI Receiving Centers and requires all EMS services in the state to have current triage and transport protocols for STEMI Patients! As a result of this success the state’s 5.4+ million residents, including those 8,000+ individuals who suffer a STEMI each year, will now be covered by a stronger statewide STEMI system of care.
This effort started 3 years ago when AHA MN launched its Mission:Lifeline (M:L) Grant program statewide and has relied on continued involvement from M:L volunteers the entire way. Our partners in rural hospitals and rural EMS services were critically important to the continued pressure for the state to put policy in place to sustain the work of the M:L program.
Building on the continued success of the MN Stroke System, the MN STEMI legislation keeps the progress moving in MN to make sure that anyone who suffers a time critical medical event can receive the best possible treatment no matter where they are in the great state of MN!!
Pic #1= Rep. Roz Peterson (R-Burnsville), our chief author presents the STEMI Bill on the house floor for final passage.
Pic #2=M:L Chair Richard Mulvain testifies in the MN House HHS Committee on the importance of a STEMI System.