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Mercy Medical Center Honors Local EMS – 2012

Posted on: August 29, 2012

Canton, Ohio: Mercy Medical Center recently hosted its annual appreciation dinner for local emergency medical squads (EMS). Several hundred were in attendance for the event. Guest speaker was Carol Cunningham, MD, EMS Medical Director for the State of Ohio, whose topic was: A First Hand Experience: A Review of Israel EMS/Disaster System. How Far in the Dark is the USA? Mercy sponsors this 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 EMT of Carroll County for achieving the best door to balloon (D2B) angioplasty time for the first half of 2012. EMT received the award for their role in the “door to balloon angioplasty “(D2B) of six minutes. This time is significant as it is the fastest D2B time ever reported. Paramedics Brandon Spahr and Robert McEntire accepted the award for EMT. This is the second time EMT has been awarded the STEMI Cup. Ken and Colleen Joseph were also in attendance for the presentation.

Dr. Ahmed Sabe and Dr. Frank Kaeberlein, co-directors of our 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,” 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 #1 in Ohio for overall cardiac care by HealthGrades in their 2011 Report. 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 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

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Pictured at the STEMI Cup presentation are Tom Cecconi, Mercy Medical Center President & CEO; ED nurse Marla Frase; Frank Kaeberlein, M.D., Director of the Department of Emergency Medicine and Co-Director of the Emergency Chest Pain Center (ECPC) at Mercy Medical Center; EMT paramedics Brandon Spahr and Robert McEntire; ED Tech Jim Mullins and Ahmed Sabe, M.D., Medical Director of Mercy Heart Center and Co-Director of Mercy ECPC.





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