September 8, 2017

Mercy Medical Center presents local EMS with STEMI Cup award

Mercy Medical Center recently hosted its annual appreciation dinner for local emergency medical squads (EMS). More than 300 people attended the event. The guest speaker was Robbie Meek, program director, Air Evac Lifeteam, out of Williamstown, Kentucky. Meek addressed the crowd with a presentation entitled, “How to Critically Think in EMS.” Mercy sponsors this annual event to recognize EMS personnel for their lifesaving efforts throughout the year.

As part of the evening’s activities, Mercy Emergency Chest Pain Center (ECPC) presented its STEMI (St Elevation Myocardial Infarction) Cup award to Tri-County Joint Ambulance District and MedFlight of Ohio for achieving the best door to balloon (D2B) angioplasty time for the first half of 2017. Tri-County Joint Ambulance District members Alvin Moore (chief) and Travise Ballentine (paramedic) received the award for their role in the “door to balloon” (D2B) time of 10 minutes and 40 seconds.

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 ED and Cardiac Cath Lab nurses, technologists and doctors have made in cardiac care, but also to show the dedication and quick 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.

The STEMI Cup is an award that will be repeated as other milestone times are reached. “This award recognizes not only the advancements that we (the collaborative team of ED and Cardiac Cath Lab nurses, technologists and doctors) have made in cardiac care, but the dedication and quick responsiveness of our local EMS,” said Dr. Ahmed Sabe, executive director, Mercy Heart Center and co-director, Mercy ECPC. “In combining these elements, our patients have a better chance for survival and faster recovery time for cardiac-related emergencies.” 

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

Pictured during the STEMI Cup presentation are (L to R) Allison Locke, RN, Mercy Emergency Department; Alvin Moore, chief, Tri-County Joint Ambulance District; Travise Ballentine (paramedic, Tri-County Joint Ambulance District) and Alysia Gomez, ED tech, Mercy Emergency Department.

Not present for the photo were Tri-County Joint Ambulance District paramedics Dana Miller and Shane Stull and MedFlight of Ohio Personnel.

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