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Mercy Medical Center Honors Local EMS

Posted on: August 30, 2018

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 Scott Russell, RN, BSN, CEN, EMT-P, of the Lakewood Fire Department. 

Scott, who also serves as a flight nurse specialist for MetroHealth Life Flights, addressed the crowd with a presentation on rescue task forces and active shooter response. 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 Perry Township Fire Department for achieving the best door to balloon (D2B) angioplasty time for the second half of 2018.  Perry Township Fire Department members Nick Wilson, paramedic; Ron Riggs, paramedic shift captain; Rick King, paramedic shift captain and Tabitha Benson, EMT, received the award for their role in the (D2B) time of twenty one minutes and thirty six 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.

“Mercy has a proven track record of increasing the survival rate of heart attack patients by placing the cardiac cath lab directly in the Emergency Department, making it easily accessible to emergency responders and Mercy staff.  We are the only hospital in the world that has this accessibility available to our patients. Here at Mercy heart attack patients go directly from the ambulance to the cardiac cath lab which allows us to open blocked arteries more quickly, minimizing damage to the heart muscle and sustaining the quality of life for our patients,” says Ahmed Sabe, M.D., executive director of Cardiovascular Services at Mercy Medical Center.

The STEMI Cup is an award that is repeated semi-annually as additional milestone D2B times are reached.

About Mercy Heart Center

Mercy Medical Center has a history of pioneering excellence in heart care. Nationally recognized as a heart care leader, the impressive lists of “Firsts” include the world’s first angioplasty performed in an emergency department, the nation’s first Accredited Chest Pain Center and Stark County’s first Chest Pain Center certified to perform angioplasty 24/7. Mercy Emergency Chest Pain Center is home to a Cardiac Catheterization Lab located right in the Emergency Department where door-to-balloon angioplasty has been performed in as little as five minutes. This cath lab allows Mercy to dramatically reduce the time between heart attack and life-saving angioplasty. Mercy has received the American Heart Association’s Mission: Lifeline® Gold Level Award six consecutive times since 2012, including four GOLD PLUS awards; has been recognized with the American Heart Association/American College of Cardiology’s Get With The Guidelines – Heart Failure Achievement Award four consecutive years running; has been named a Top 50 Heart Hospital in the US for six years by Truven Health Analytics; has earned the American College of Cardiology Foundation’s PLATINUM PERFORMANCE Award four times; and currently holds both heart failure and chest pain center accreditations from the American College of Cardiology (ACC) Accreditation Services. Mercy Heart Center was also the first in Ohio, second in the nation to be named an accredited Heart Failure Institute by the Healthcare Accreditation Colloquium and is home to Ohio’s first accredited cardiac cath lab. 

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Pictured during the STEMI Cup presentation are Perry Township Fire Department members (L to R)Nick Wilson, paramedic; Ron Riggs, paramedic shift captain; Rick King, paramedic shift captain and Tabitha Benson, EMT.

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