March 21, 2016

Mercy Medical Center presents local EMS with STEMI Cup award

The Mercy Emergency Chest Pain Center (ECPC) at Mercy Medical Center recently presented its STEMI (St Elevation Myocardial Infarction) Cup award to the North Canton Fire Department for achieving the best door to balloon (D2B) angioplasty time of seven minutes for the second half of 2015. North Canton Fire Department members (chief John Bacon, medic Brad Dillon, assistant chief Ron Feller, medic Amy Hohenberger and captain Dean McDonald) were present to accept the award.

The STEMI Cup award was presented during the hospital’s continuing education program for emergency medical services in honor of Heart Month. The featured guest speaker for the event was Laurie Peach, nurse educator at Mercy Medical Center, whose topic was: “Keep the Beat: 2015 AHA Guidelines and Resuscitation Science Update.”

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.

The STEMI Cup is awarded twice a year to the squad achieving the best D2B 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, 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 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, which is 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 US News & World Report twice.

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