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Donors Help Launch Mission: Lifeline to Streamline Care



When 67-year-old Erv Inniger began to feel a sudden tightness in his chest, he knew something was seriously wrong. Inniger, a former athlete who exercises every day, had never experienced heart problems. However, when he walked into a trainer’s office at North Dakota State University that day, the trainer immediately called 911.

Within the next 37 minutes, the team at Sanford Health’s Heart Hospital saved Inniger’s life by diagnosing and repairing an artery that was 100 percent blocked. Sanford Heart’s lifesaving system of care team was ready and their efficient response to his symptoms allowed him to survive a heart attack with no permanent damage to the muscles of his heart.

Sanford Heart in Fargo has been nationally recognized by the American Heart Association for the commitment and success in implementing a higher standard of care for all heart attack patients, a program called Mission: Lifeline. Sanford’s streamlined procedures provide patients with faster, targeted care.

“I’m here today and I have no damage to my heart because of the choices they made,” Inniger said. “I owe my life to them.” Generous support of the Sanford Health Foundation and Sanford Heart allows for the education, training and equipment necessary for lifesaving processes.

Posted Date: May 2013

Donors Help Launch Mission: Lifeline to Streamline Care

When 67-year-old Erv Inniger began to feel a sudden tightness in his chest, he knew something was seriously wrong.