Monday, December 03, 2018
PHC | Parkland Health Center-Farmington recently earned certification as a Missouri Level III STEMI Center from the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services
Time Critical Diagnosis unit. This three-year certification is in addition to PHC’s certification as a Missouri Level III Stroke Center and The Joint Commission’s re-certification as an Advanced Primary Stroke Center.
STEMI, which stands for ST-elevation myocardial infarction, is a serious type of heart attack that is a profoundly life-threatening medical emergency. Missouri’s statewide Time Critical Diagnosis system designates hospitals that have passed a rigorous review process as stroke and heart attack centers that have specially trained staff available 24 hours a day to treat these medical emergencies.
“What the community can ascertain from this certification is that while our emergency department treats serious medical emergencies every day, we have now proven — following careful scrutiny by a panel of experts — that we meet the standards for providing an elevated quality of care for a patient having a heart attack,” says Michael Clippard, MD, PHC emergency department medical director. “With this recent STEMI certification added to our two stroke certifications, the community can certainly be assured of receiving exceptional emergency heart attack and stroke care at Parkland.”
A panel of heart care experts conducted the review, led by an interventional cardiologist and a heart care clinical nurse specialist and the Time Critical Diagnosis program coordinator.
Heart disease and stroke are leading causes of death in the U.S., and receiving medical care quickly is key to surviving such a major medical emergency. The Missouri Time Critical Diagnosis system brings together the 911 response system, ambulance services and hospitals in a more integrated and coordinated approach to help a greater number of people survive and recover from trauma, stroke and heart attack.
PHC joins several other BJC hospitals that have been designated as STEMI centers, including Level I centers Barnes-Jewish Hospital, Boone Hospital Center and Missouri Baptist Medical Center; Level II centers Barnes-Jewish St. Peters Hospital, Christian Hospital and Progress West Hospital; and Level III center Missouri Baptist Sullivan Hospital.
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