Posted: Apr 15, 2010 10:58 AM by Bethany Tucker
Updated: Apr 15, 2010 10:58 AM
Two local hospitals are now certified to treat the toughest of heart attacks.
Marian Medical Center in Santa Maria and Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital have been awarded the STEMI designation by the County of Santa Barbara's Emergency Medical Services Agency. That means they are specially equipped and trained to diagnose and treat ST-Segment Elevation Myocardial Infarction, or STEMI, type of heart attack. It's caused by a sudden, total blockage of a coronary artery.
"Marian has remained at the forefront of technological advances and cardiology patient care," Chuck Merrill, M.D., Vice President of Medical Affairs, Marian Medical Center, said in a press release. "The recent STEMI designation from the Santa Barbara County is a testament to the excellent patient care offered collaboratively through Marian's Emergency and Cardiology Services. Patients with acute heart attacks will be able to receive treatment at Marian's Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory in rapid time facilitating definitive heart muscle-saving treatment."
A Marian Medical Center official tells us that French Hospital in San Luis Obispo could also soon be awarded the title.
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