On Tuesday November 20th, at 10 am, Doctors Hospital at White Rock Lake and Mesquite Fire Department will be recognized for having the fastest total combined patient treatment time for data submitted to the AHA Dallas Caruth Initiative during the 2nd Quarter, 2012. Every day in Dallas County, approximately 30 people suffer a heart attack and depend on the seamless delivery of emergency medical services to increase their chances of survival and quality of life. Cardiovascular disease is the number one killer of all Americans and current survival rates in Dallas County are lower than the national average. Response times vary across hospital systems and EMS providers, and that critical time can mean the differences between life, death and permanent disability.
On April 3, 2012, Jeanne Holms started her morning like any other day. But as she began to finish her morning routine, she started not feeling well -- and the symptoms worsened very quickly. Knowing something was not right, per her daughter’s request, Holms called 9-1-1. The EMS arrived quickly. During transport, Holms’ EKG data had been transmitted to the hospital where the information was shared among physicians in the emergency department and the catheterization laboratory was subsequently activated because all signs pointed to Holms’ having a ST-elevation myocardial infarction, or STEMI, which is a dangerous form of heart attack. Because STEMI poses a serious threat to the heart muscle, the faster patients receive treatment the more likely they are to have a positive outcome. Because of the quick action of all involved, Holms is alive and well today.
Through a series of controlled coordination between the patient, the EMS and hospital staff, symptom onset through arterial reperfusion (SOAR) was reduced to 91 minutes. This is a significant reduction in response time when compared to the median reported response times in Texas of 171 minutes, or just under three hours.
The awards presentation will take place on Tuesday, November 20th at 10 am at Doctors Hospital at White Rock Lake in the West Tower Conference Room, Suite 206 at 9330 Poppy Drive, Dallas. Representatives from the City of Mesquite, Mesquite Fire Rescue, Doctors Hospital at White Rock Lake, the American Heart Association and Communities Foundation of Texas will be present.
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About the grant initiative
A $3.5 million grant from the W.W. Caruth, Jr. Foundation of Communities Foundation of Texas (CFT) to the South Central Affiliate of the American Heart Association (AHA) aims to change those statistics. In partnership with the medical community, the collaboration has the power to transform patient care for future heart attack victims in Dallas and to position the county as a national leader in heart attack treatment and survival. The two-year grant-funded initiative, which is managed by AHA staff, will focus on improving heart attack care in North Texas. By working closely with all 15 hospitals and 24 EMS providers in the county, the initiative will coordinate and streamline protocols reducing the amount of time it takes for heart attack patients to receive lifesaving treatment. Partners will work to ensure equipment compatibility, consistent training and uniform protocols for both transporting and treating heart attack patients across the region. The grant also will allow for the first comprehensive and in-depth analysis of total heart attack patient care and system level performance in Dallas County, which will be known as the SOAR metric—Symptom Onset to Arterial Reperfusion.1
Specific initiatives of the program include convening EMS and hospital emergency providers to regionally standardize emergency heart attack treatment and transport protocols, report and share patient care and quality improvement data, increase professional education standards and eliminate equipment gaps so all EMS providers can identify suspected heart attack patients in the field and transmit to the hospital for expedited transport and treatment.
About The American Heart Association
The American Heart Association is the nation’s oldest and largest voluntary health organization dedicated to fighting heart disease and stroke. Our mission is to build healthier lives by preventing, treating and defeating these diseases – America’s No. 1 and No. 3 killers. We fund cutting-edge research, conduct lifesaving public and professional educational programs, and advocate to protect public health. To learn more or join us in helping all Americans, call 1-800-AHA-USA1 or visit americanheart.org.
About Communities Foundation of Texas
Since its founding in 1953, Communities Foundation of Texas has grown to become one of the nation’s largest community foundations. Through its work, the foundation enhances the experience and impact of charitable giving. It serves as a hub for collaboration between donors, nonprofits and other funding organizations to stimulate creative solutions to key community challenges. This is accomplished through a variety of donor-advised, designated and discretionary funds, including the W.W. Caruth, Jr. Foundation created by the generosity of Will Caruth. CFT strives to thoughtfully and effectively support its diverse donors and grantees by providing exemplary service, by demonstrating accountability, and by generating lasting impact in the community. The foundation professionally manages almost 900 component funds and has awarded over $1 billion in charitable grants.
About Doctors Hospital at White Rock Lake
Doctors Hospital at White Rock Lake has provided high quality health care to the east Dallas area since 1959. During that time the hospital has grown with the community, becoming the 218-bed, full-service hospital it is today that offers more than 40 specialties, from cardiac care and orthopedics, to neurosurgery and obstetrics and gynecology. Conveniently located near the corner of Garland Road and Buckner Boulevard, Doctors Hospital is a modern facility that combines personalized care with some of the most advanced technology and award-winning services available in the area. The hospital has been recognized as an Accredited Chest Pain Center by the Society of Chest Pain Centers and received the American Heart Association’s Get With The Guidelines® Gold Plus Achievement Award for Heart Failure. Doctors Hospital also earned the Gold Seal of Approval from The Joint Commission’s Primary Stroke Center Certification program as well as recognition as a Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence by the American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery. For more information about hospital services, community events, support groups, and free referrals to physicians on the medical staff at Doctors Hospital at White Rock Lake, visit www.DoctorsHospitalDallas.com. For additional information, visit www.doctorshospitaldallas.com or call 1-800-887-2525 to find a physician. Doctors Hospital is located at 9440 Poppy Drive in East Dallas.
About Mesquite Fire Department
The Mesquite Fire Department is an regional leader in Fire, Ems and Rescue response. With 200 sworn personnel housed in 7 Fire Stations the Mesquite Fire Department services a community of over 130,000 citizens and visitors. To provide these services the department utilizes 20+ state-of-the-art front line apparatus with a recognized workforce of crossed trained Fire Fighter/Paramedics. Providing these services is paramount with our Mission of protecting our citizens and visitors by minimizing the loss of life and property resulting from fire, medical emergencies and other disasters in such a manner that will retain the public’s support and confidence in all aspects of service delivery.
• American Heart Association, www.heart.org/caruth
• Communities Foundation of Texas, www.cftexas.org
1Arterial Reperfusion means to restore blood flow to part of the heart muscle damaged during a heart attack. It may include clot-dissolving drugs (thrombolysis), balloon angioplasty or surgery.