Mercy Medical Center recently hosted its annual appreciation dinner for local emergency medical squads (EMS). More than 300 were in attendance for the event. The guest speaker was Christopher Colwell, MD, a Denver, Colorado-based emergency physician and part of the first responder team at both Columbine High School (1999) and the Colorado theater shootings (2012). Mercy sponsors this annual 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 Greentown Fire Department for achieving the best door to balloon (D2B) angioplasty time for the first half of 2015. EMT received the award for their role in the “door to balloon angioplasty” (D2B) of eight minutes and twenty two seconds. Greentown Fire Department members Andrew Crano (fire fighter/medic), Justin Deierling (fire fighter/medic), Chief Vince Harris, Craig Lemon (fire fighter/medic), Aaron Rivard (fire fighter/medic), Assistant Chief Shawn Robinson and Dan Ventura (fire fighter/medic) accepted the award.
Dr. Ahmed Sabe and Dr. Frank Kaeberlein, co-directors of the 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.”
In addition to the STEMI Cup award presentation, Mercy Heart Center held its first CPR Challenge between attending EMS personnel and Mercy’s own emergency team using CPR equipment provided by ZOLL Medical Corporation. Participants were rated on speed, technique and more.
Pictured during the STEMI Cup presentation to Greentown Fire Department are (L to R) Assistant Chief Shawn Robinson, Chief Vince Harris, Craig Lemon (fire fighter/medic), Andrew Crano (fire fighter/medic), Dan Ventura (fire fighter/medic), Justin Deierling (fire fighter/medic), Aaron Rivard (fire fighter/medic) and Mercy Medical Center’s Alice Rhodes (ED technician, Mercy Emergency Department) and Dr. Frank Kaeberlein (co-director, Mercy Emergency Chest Pain Center; chair, Mercy Emergency Services).