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Published on July 24, 2013

MidMichigan Medical Center-Midland Receives Award for Treatment of STEMI Patients

The American Heart Association has recognized MidMichigan Medical Center-Midland for its superior care for patients who have had a severe heart attack. MidMichigan Medical Center–Midland recently received the American Heart Association Mission: Lifeline® Receiving Center-Bronze Level Recognition Award. This award is achieved by meeting specific criteria for treating STEMI patients.

STEMI is the common name for a specific type of heart attack that in medical terms is ST segment elevation myocardial infarction. It is the most severe form of heart attack. Almost 250,000 patients experience STEMI each year in the United States. These types of heart attacks are caused by a blood clot blocking a major artery in the heart, and causing the heart muscle supplied by the affected artery to die.

Hospitals involved in the Mission: Lifeline® focus on improving level of care for STEMI patients.  Hospitals recognized with this award achieved 85 percent of STEMI patients having door-to-device time of 90 minutes or less, having 85 percent of patients on Aspirin at discharge and meeting a standard of 85 percent of patients receiving restored blood flow to the heart after the heart attack, to name a few. 

“We are very excited to receive this award and I’m proud to be a part of this collaborative team,” said Interventional Cardiologist Michael Lauer, M.D., physician champion of the STEMI Alert Program. “Upon arrival to the heart catheterization lab, we perform a diagnostic catheterization to locate the site of the blockage. We then perform intervention to open the artery and re-establish blood flow. We have set a target of 90 minutes or less for door-to-balloon intervention based on recommendations by the American College of Cardiology. By following these recommendations, the patient’s chance of recovery without loss of heart muscle or long-term complications is very high.”

MidMichigan’s STEMI Alert Program is designed to rapidly identify patients with STEMI, activate the Cardiac Cath Rapid Response Team and transport the patient to MidMichigan Medical Center–Midland, the nearest Center able to perform such procedures. By completing specialized training in STEMI recognition on how to read a 12-lead electrocardiogram, paramedics from MidMichigan Medical Center Emergency Medical Services can perform the test upon arrival at the scene. They also quickly identify cardiac emergencies and immediately notify the ER to activate the Cardiac Cath Rapid Response Team from the field. This allows the paramedics to completely bypass the emergency department and take the patient straight to the Cardiac Cath Lab for immediate intervention.  

MidMichigan Health’s STEMI Alert Program currently covers a 60-mile radius around MidMichigan Medical Center–Midland. To ensure the overall success of the program, MidMichigan Medical Center EMS are actively collaborating with other area EMS providers to provide on-going training and support. These include Houghton Lake EMS, Denton Township Ambulance Service, Mobile Medical Response and Bay Medical EMS.

Those interested in more information on MidMichigan’s STEMI Alert Program may visit www.midmichigan.org/stemi.