Mission: Lifeline

The heart is a muscle, and during a serious heart attack it's a muscle being starved of oxygen. Each minute counts, and Mission: Lifeline is improving outcomes for heart attack victims in the Watertown area and across the state. Prairie Lakes is a proud to partner with the American Heart Association in Mission: Lifeline.

Life-saving treatment

Mission: Lifeline brings the expertise of referring hospitals such as Prairie Lakes to the patients -- before they arrive. Emergency medical crews are equipped with 12-lead electrocardiogram (ECG) machines that record and transmit heart data to the hospital while the ambulance is en route. Emergency Department doctors know what to expect when the patient arrives, and they can take immediate action.

In August 2011, Forrest "Mick" Stanton became one of Mission: Lifeline's first success stories. He suffered a heart attack in Henry, S.D., and was taken to Prairie Lakes Hospital. Within 19 minutes of arrival, the doctors had opened two blockages in his heart, restoring the flow of life-giving oxygen.

24-7 care when minutes count

The experts at Prairie Lakes Healthcare System are here for you 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Studies have shown that patients have greater success if treated within 90 minutes of arrival. At Prairie Lakes, we consistently provide life-saving treatment in half that time, saving you precious seconds.

To schedule an appointment, call the Prairie Lakes Cardiology Clinic at 605-882-7953 or toll-free at 1-866-907-6058.