CMH expands cardiovascular services to include 24/7 coverage Feb. 3

Cardiovascular services at Citizens Memorial Hospital (CMH) is now a STEMI Center with 24/7 cardiology availability beginning Feb. 3.

 STEMI – which stands for ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction – is a heart attack in which a blocked coronary artery prevents blood from getting to the heart muscle. A STEMI heart attack typically requires angioplasty for treatment, a procedure calling for insertion of a balloon in a blocked coronary artery followed by placement of a stent to keep the artery open and restore blood flow to the heart muscle.

The CMH Heart Team estimates CMH will triple their STEMI heart attack volume annually — those patients in the past had to be transported to other hospitals when a cardiologist was not available. With the STEMI designation, these patients will be able to receive care faster – a key factor in survival.

“Minimizing these patients’ time to treatment is a crucial factor in improving survival rates,” says John Best, M.D., senior cardiologist at CMH. “Ideally, angioplasty should be performed within 90 minutes or less from the time the patient presents to the Emergency Department with symptoms,” he said.  “Once again, CMH is investing in the communities they serve through expanding cardiovascular services to be available around-the-clock.  It’s a financial investment the hospital believes is best for our patients and a tremendous amount of dedication on the part of hospital staff.”

Roger Olivea, Director of Cardiovascular Services at CMH says that the new designation is an important accomplishment because “it empowers us to save lives and provide better access to rapid angioplasty treatment to residents.”  He adds that CMH is proud to offer these state-of-the-art medical services with a technically advanced staff, which includes two board-certified and fellowship trained cardiologists,” says Olivea. “We know how to do this, and do it well.”

Cardiac care has expanded dramatically at Citizens Memorial since the Cardiovascular Center and Cath Lab opened in 2004.  Achievement of the STEMI Center designation involved collaboration by hospital leaders, physicians, nurses and staff from the hospital’s Pre-Hospital Services, Emergency Department, Cath Lab and Intensive Care Unit.

CMH is the only STEMI Center between Springfield and Kansas City.  The hospital will be applying for designation as a Level 2 STEMI Center when the state certification begins.

“Lives will be saved, outcomes improved and hundreds of patients will have more comfortable treatment with less time in the hospital thanks to these expanded services,” Olivea says. “We’re offering the highest level of cardiac care, close to home.”

 Cardiac Care at CMH

The CMH Heart Institute Clinic and CMH Cath Lab include two board-certified cardiologists: John F. Best, M.D., FACP, FACC, FSCAI and Konstantinos Marmagkiolis, M.D. The physicians and cardiac team staff specialize in invasive/interventional cardiology, diagnostic angiography, coronary angioplasty and stenting, pacemaker implantation, echo cardiography, inferior vena cava filter placement, pericardiocentesis, electrical cardioversion, stress testing and more.

 The CMH cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation program is nationally recognized and is designed to help heart and lung patients recover quickly from a heart-related surgery, a heart attack or diagnosis of heart or pulmonary disease. It is certified by the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation (AACVPR). The team of physicians, registered nurses -- who are certified in advanced cardiac life support -- registered respiratory therapists, occupational and physical therapists and dietitians, work with patients, their families and their physicians to structure a lifestyle plan tailored to meet their specific needs.

The cardio-pulmonary rehabilitation program is in a state-of-the-art rehabilitation facility within the walls of the hospital, but is also easily accessible from outside. CMH offers stationary bicycles, treadmills, rowing machines, weight stations, stationary hand cycles and an indoor walking track.

January 31, 2014

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