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 Robbie Meek, CCEMT-P, PNCCT-P, CICP, NRP, NCEE, program director, Air Evac Lifeteam, out of Williamstown, KY. Meek addressed the crowd with a presentation entitled, “How to Critically Think in EMS”. 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 Tri-County Joint Ambulance District and MedFlight of Ohio for achieving the best door to balloon (D2B) angioplasty time for the first half of 2017. Tri-County Joint Ambulance District members Alvin Moore (chief) and Travise Ballentine (paramedic) received the award for their role in the “door to balloon” (D2B) time of ten minutes and forty seconds.
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, 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 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, Massillon, 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.
Pictured during the STEMI Cup presentation are (L to R) Allison Locke, RN, Mercy Emergency Department; Alvin Moore, chief, Tri-County Joint Ambulance District; Travise Ballentine (paramedic, Tri-County Joint Ambulance District) and Alysia Gomez, ED tech, Mercy Emergency Department.
Not present for the photo were Tri-County Joint Ambulance District paramedics Dana Miller and Shane Stull and MedFlight of Ohio Personnel.
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