The Missouri State Department of Health and Senior Services – Time Critical Diagnosis recently recertified Missouri Baptist Sullivan Hospital as a Level III STEMI Center designation. This follows a rigorous survey that the state conducted in January which resulted in awarding the Hospital with another three year certification for this level of care.
STEMI is the common name for ST-Elevation myocardial infarction, which is a more precise definition for a type of heart attack. It is caused by a prolonged period of blocked blood supply to heart muscles. STEMI has a very significant risk to the individual for death and disability, so a quick response is extremely important. That is why the Level III STEMI Center designation is so important for our rural hospital. This designation plays an important role in providing access to the state-wide system of important patient care in non-metropolitan areas. The level of designation is voluntary to which hospitals apply for. Each level plays a vital part in the system and the Level III Center represents a higher level center for definitive care.
Tony Schwarm, MBSH President expressed his congratulations to Vanessa Breen, MSN, RN, TCD Coordinator and her team for their dedication and hard work to accomplish this important designation. “We are very proud of our Emergency Department and the level of care they are able to offer to patients in our community needing this type of care.”
Pictured are some of Missouri Baptist Sullivan Hospital’s STEMI Team from left: Megan Branson, MSN, RN, MBSH ED Manager, Johna Carpenter, BSN, RN, Charge RN/Team Lead, Vanessa Breen, MSN, RN, Clinical Nurse Leader/TCD Coordinator and Eric Ray, Emergency Department RN.