Canton, Ohio: Mercy Medical Center recently hosted a continuing education program for emergency medical services (EMS) in honor of Heart Month (February). Guest speaker for this event was Mary Bosyj, MSN, BSN, RN, patient service coordinator for Mercy Heart Center, whose topic was: The Heart of Women: Is There A Difference?
As part of the evening’s activities, Mercy Emergency Chest Pain Center (ECPC) presented its STEMI (St Elevation Myocardial Infarction) Cup award to Jackson Township Fire Department for achieving the best door to balloon (D2B) angioplasty time for the second half of 2013. The squad received the award for its role in the “door to balloon angioplasty” (D2B) of ten minutes. Jackson Township Fire Department members Jason Bryant (medic) and Ryan Casper (medic) accepted the award. Captain Tim Berczik, Chief Tracy Hogue and Captain Kai Rieger also attended the event. Medic Adam Resanovich was unable to attend the program.
Dr. Ahmed Sabe and Dr. Frank Kaeberlein, co-directors of our ECPC, 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.
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,” states Dr. Ahmed Sabe, Medical 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.”
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 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 is the only Stark County hospital that has ever been named among the Top 50 Best Heart Hospitals by US News & World Report twice.
Mercy Medical Center, a ministry of the Sisters of Charity Health System, operates a 476-bed hospital serving Stark, Carroll, Wayne, Holmes and Tuscarawas Counties and parts of Southeastern Ohio. It has 620 physicians on its Medical Staff and employs 2,500 people. Mercy operates outpatient health centers in Alliance, Carrollton, Jackson Township, Lake Township, Louisville, North Canton, Plain Township and Tuscarawas County. A Catholic hospital, Mercy Medical Center upholds the mission and philosophy of the Sisters of Charity of St. Augustine and continues to be responsive to the needs of the community. For more information, see cantonmercy.org.
Photo Caption: Pictured during the STEMI Cup presentation from Jackson Township Fire Department are Fire Chief Tracy Hogue, Fire Captain Kai Rieger, Medic Jason Bryant, Medic Ryan Casper and Fire Captain Tim Berczik. Not pictured: Medic Adam Resanovich.