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Mercy Medical Center Honors Local EMS

Posted on: March 4, 2015

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 Ahmed Sabe, MD, executive director of Cardiovascular Services, director of the Cardiac Catheterization Lab and co-director of the Emergency Chest Pain Center at Mercy Medical Center, whose topic was: Therapeutic Hypothermia, ROSC, and Tandem Heart.

As part of the evening’s activities, Mercy Emergency Chest Pain Center (ECPC) presented its STEMI (St Elevation Myocardial Infarction) Cup award to Dover Fire Department for achieving the best door to balloon (D2B) angioplasty time for the second half of 2014.  The squad received the award for its role in the “door to balloon angioplasty” (D2B) of six minutes.  Dover Fire Department members J.B. Stahl and Captain Ross Brooks were present to accept the award.

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 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,” states 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 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

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

Not pictured: Dover Fire Department member Joe Minocchi

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