September 3, 2014

Mercy Medical Center honors Local EMS

Mercy Medical Center recently hosted its annual appreciation dinner for local emergency medical squads (EMS), with more than 300 people attending.

As part of the evening's activities, Mercy Emergency Chest Pain Center (ECPC) presented its STEMI (St Elevation Myocardial Infarction) Cup award to the Sebring Fire Department in Sebring, Ohio. The award was given to the EMS team who achieved the best door to balloon (D2B) angioplasty time for the first half of 2014. The Sebring Fire Department received the award for its role in the D2B time of nine minutes.

Dr. Ahmed Sabe and Dr. Frank Kaeberlein, co-directors of the ECPC, established the award to recognize not only the advancements that the collaborative team of emergency department and cardiac catheterization lab nurses, technologists and doctors have made in cardiac care, but also to show the dedication and quick responsiveness of local EMS squads. In combining these elements, heart attack patients have a better chance for survival and faster recovery time for cardiac-related emergencies.

Because the heart muscle can sustain irreparable damage while blood flow is blocked, the American College of Cardiology has established a goal of getting 75 percent of major heart attack victims (also referred to as ST-elevation myocardial infarction) to catheterization within 90 minutes of hospital arrival. At Mercy, the cath lab is literally just feet away from the ambulance entrance, significantly shortening the span between a heart attack and lifesaving angioplasty. Many Mercy patients receive catheterization within 15 minutes, making Mercy one of the nation’s fastest angioplasty responders.

Mercy Medical Center is a ministry of the Sisters of Charity Health System.

Pictured during the STEMI Cup presentation from the Sebring Fire Department are Assistant Chief Donald Fryfogle, Brian Anderson (medic/firefighter), Josh Venables (medic/firefighter)and Wayne Bailey (EMS captain). Not pictured: paramedic, Linda Murphy.

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