This week the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services announced
Missouri Time Critical Diagnosis STEMI Centers. St. Joseph and St. Mary’s
Medical Centers were two of only 23 Missouri hospitals to make the list.
STEMI is a common name for ST-Elevation Myocardial Infarction, a serious
heart attack in which one of the heart’s main arteries is blocked.
Because of the risk of death and disability, patients experiencing a STEMI
need quick care. The designation means St. Joseph and St. Mary’s
have a consistently proven plan and record of dealing with almost every
aspect of STEMI and provide a high level of care to a great number of
patients experiencing trauma, stroke and heart attacks in which one of
the heart's major arteries is blocked.
Missouri hospitals can apply for the voluntary STEMI designation and the
level reflects a range of hospital-based functions within the emergency
medical care system, each playing a vital role in the system. Level 2
STEMI facilities provide many of the same resources for immediate care
of heart attack patients as Level 1 STEMI centers.
“The STEMI teams at St. Joseph and St. Mary’s are extremely
efficient and impressive,” said Krista Bay, Performance Improvement
Manager at St. Mary’s Medical Center. “Individuals who receive
treatment within specific time frames after symptoms begin are more likely
to recover and less likely to have permanent disabilities. Getting help
and getting it fast is the key to surviving this major medical emergency.”
Missouri’s Time Critical Diagnosis system is designed to coordinate
emergency care provided by emergency responders and all medical facilities
to send patients to the nearest qualified hospital. Having the resources
of a Level 2 Center provides a life-saving service to a community can
be especially important in a rural region.
In addition to being a Level II STEMI Center, St. Joseph and St. Mary’s
Medical Centers are
Level II Stroke and
Level II Chest Pain Centers.