September 4, 2015

Mercy Medical Center Honors Local EMS with STEMI Cup award

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

During the dinner, Mercy Emergency Chest Pain Center (ECPC) presented its STEMI (St Elevation Myocardial Infarction) Cup award to the Greentown Fire Department for achieving the best door to balloon (D2B) angioplasty time of eight minutes and 22 seconds for the first half of 2015.

Ahmed Sabe, M.D., and Frank Kaeberlein, M.D., co-directors of the ECPC, established the award to recognize the advancements that the collaborative team of emergency department and cardiac catheterization lab nurses, technologists and doctors have made in cardiac care, as well as to recognize the dedication and fast responsiveness of local EMS. In combining these elements, heart attack patients have a better chance for survival and faster recovery time for cardiac-related emergencies.

In addition to the STEMI Cup award presentation, Mercy Heart Center held its first CPR challenge between attending EMS personnel and Mercy’s own emergency team using CPR equipment. Participants were rated on speed, technique and more.

The featured guest speaker at the event was Christopher Colwell, M.D., a Denver-based emergency physician and part of the first responder team at both Columbine High School (1999) and the Colorado theater shootings (2012). 

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

Pictured during the STEMI Cup presentation to Greentown Fire Department are (L to R) Assistant Chief Shawn Robinson, Chief Vince Harris, Craig Lemon (fire fighter/medic), Andrew Crano (fire fighter/medic), Dan Ventura (fire fighter/medic), Justin Deierling (fire fighter/medic), Aaron Rivard (fire fighter/medic) and Mercy Medical Center’s Alice Rhodes (Mercy Emergency Department) and Dr. Frank Kaeberlein (co-director, Mercy Emergency Chest Pain Center; chair, Mercy Emergency Services).

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