Canton, Ohio: Mercy Medical Center hosted its appreciation dinner for local emergency medical squads (EMS) on August 18. Several hundred were in attendance for the annual event. Guest speakers were New York City firefighters Nicholas Mincone and James Ervolino, who discussed their personal experience during the September 11 attack on the World Trade Center. Mercy sponsors this event to recognize EMS personnel for their lifesaving efforts throughout the year.
Mercy Emergency Chest Pain Center (ECPC) presented the STEMI (ST Elevation Myocardial Infarction) Cup award to Jackson Township EMS for their role in the “door to balloon angioplasty “ (D2B) time of six minutes and 52 seconds. This time is significant as it is the fastest D2B time ever reported. Deputy Chief Tim Berczik, Captain Kai Reiger and Firefighter/paramedical Bob Domer accepted the award for Jackson Township. John Hurst was also part of the EMS crew.
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.” Emergency Medicine physician Frank Kaeberlein, M.D., also serves as the ECPC co-director with Sabe.
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 cantonmercy.org.
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