March 5, 2015

Mercy Medical Center honors local EMS

Mercy Medical Center recently hosted a continuing education program for emergency medical services (EMS) in honor of American Heart Month. As part of the event, Mercy’s Emergency Chest Pain Center presented its STEMI (St Elevation Myocardial Infarction) Cup award to the Dover Fire Department for achieving the door-to-balloon angioplasty time of six minutes, which was the fastest at Mercy for the second half of 2014. 

Ahmed Sabe, M.D., and Frank Kaeberlein, M.D., co-directors of the Mercy Emergency Chest Pain Center, established the STEMI Cup award to recognize the outstanding efforts of the community’s local EMS. 

The acronym STEMI describes a heart attack cause by a completely blocked blood vessel. When this happens, time is muscle. Each minute is crucial when it comes to a patient’s chance for survival and speed of recovery.

Mercy’s STEMI Cup is awarded twice a year to the squad achieving the best door-to-balloon angioplasty time in that six-month period. 

“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. Sabe. “In combining these elements, our patients have a better chance for survival and faster recovery time for cardiac-related emergencies.”

Mercy Heart Center was the nation’s first accredited chest pain center and was also named among the Top 50 Cardiovascular Hospitals for 2013 by Truven Health Analytics. Additionally, Mercy Medical Center, a ministry of the Sisters of Charity Health System, is the only Stark County hospital that has ever been named among the Top 50 Best Heart Hospitals by U.S. News & World Report twice.

Pictured during the STEMI Cup presentation from Dover Fire Department are J.B. Stahl and Captain Brooks Ross.

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