Tag Archives: Heart and Vascular

Four OhioHealth hospitals receive American Heart Association award for saving lives

OhioHealth Grant Medical Center, OhioHealth Doctors Hospital, OhioHealth Marion General Hospital and OhioHealth Riverside Methodist Hospital recently received the Mission: Lifeline Gold Receiving Quality Achievement Award from the American Heart Association. This award recognizes excellent and timely care for ST elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) heart attacks, the most time-sensitive and deadly type of heart attack.

Each year, more than 250,000 people experience a STEMI and it is critical to restore blood flow as quickly as possible, either by mechanically opening the blocked vessel or by providing clot-busting medication. The goal of the American Heart Association’s Mission: Lifeline is to save more lives by closing the gaps that separate STEMI patients from timely access to appropriate care.

To receive the award, a hospital or emergency medical services must have an 85 percent composite adherence and at least 24 consecutive months of 75 percent or higher compliance on all Mission: Lifeline STEMI Receiving Center quality measures to improve the quality of care for STEMI patients. OhioHealth hospitals earned this award by meeting specific criteria and standards of performance for the quick and appropriate treatment of STEMI patients by providing emergency procedures to re-establish blood flow to blocked arteries when needed.

OhioHealth is committed to saving more lives through prompt, evidence-based care for these heart attack patients.

Congratulations to OhioHealth Heart and Vascular physician Dr. Howard Kander for receiving the Distinguished Achievement Award by the American Heart Association.

OhioHealth Heart and Vascular physician Dr. Howard Kander for recently received the Distinguished Achievement Award by the American Heart Association for his leadership and contributions to Mission: Lifeline.

Dr. Howard Kander has been an instrumental physician leader for the Central Ohio Regional STEMI System (CORSS) and the Mission: Lifeline Accelerator Project for nearly two years.  He initially helped create standardized STEMI Alert Pathways (protocols) which includes pathways for referral facilities, EMS, as well as, PCI receiving facilities.  These protocols have been widely accepted/adopted and have even been duplicated in other regions across the country.

One of the largest contributions that Dr. Kander has made was introducing the idea of our CORSS Physician STEMI Case Reviews.  His idea was to bring interventional cardiologists together on a regular basis to discuss STEMI cases.  These case reviews have been widely appreciated across our region.  They’ve not only brought together three very large hospital systems, but also incorporate physicians from smaller, more rural PCI facilities.  At a recent case review, nearly 30 physicians were in attendance. Emergency Physicians will also be joining us in future case reviews.

These case reviews allow for best practice sharing. Fellows are invited as well, which provides them with a unique educational opportunity to learn from some the best cardiologists in the state.  The meetings are casual, laid back and have enhanced the camaraderie amongst colleagues. Case reviews are held on a quarterly basis. This widely accepted model is now being duplicated in other markets.

To the benefit of millions of residents in central Ohio and beyond, Dr. Kander has made a significant contribution to improving their outcomes from acute cardiac events.

OhioHealth congratulates Ohio’s Mission: Lifeline EMS Performance Achievement Award winners

Congratulations to all of Ohio’s Mission: Lifeline EMS Performance Achievement Award winners! OhioHealth is proud to work these and other Emergency Medical Services organizations to improve STEMI recognition and care.

From the American Heart Association announcement:
To achieve the Mission: Lifeline EMS Performance Achievement Award, these EMS agencies met volume criteria and achieved a 75% or higher compliance score for each specific EMS quality measure from 3 to 12 months. These measures include:

  • Percentage of patients with non-traumatic chest pain > 35 years of age, treated and transported by EMS who receives a pre-hospital 12 Lead ECG.
  • Percentage of STEMI patients transported to a STEMI Receiving Center, with pre-hospital First Medical Contact (FMC) to Device (PCI) < 90 Minutes.
  • Percentage of STEMI patients taken to a referring hospitals who administers fibrinolytic therapy with a door to needle time within 30 minutes.

The agencies receiving Mission: Lifeline EMS Performance Achievement Awards in Ohio include:

Silver Performance Achievement Award (Met volume and recognition criteria for 4 quarters)

  • Brook Park Fire Department
  • Brunswick Hills Twp. Fire Department
  • Lancaster Fire Department
  • Olmsted Falls Fire Department
  • Rural Metro Ambulance
  • Springfield Twp. Fire Department
  • Strongsville Fire Department

Bronze Performance Achievement Award (Met volume and recognition criteria for 1 to 3 quarters)

  • Berea Fire Department
  • Brunswick Fire Department
  • City of Canton Fire Department
  • Cleveland Hopkins International Airport Fire & Rescue
  • Columbia Station Twp. Fire Department
  • Delaware County EMS
  • Euclid Fire
  • Fredericktown Community Joint Emergency Ambulance District
  • Green Twp. Fire & EMS
  • Lane LifeTRANS
  • Middleburg Heights Fire Department
  • Ravenna City Fire Department
  • Somerset-Reading Twp. EMS
  • Upper Arlington Fire Division
  • USV Ambulance District-Alger Unit


Advanced 12-Lead Interpretation, January 18, 2014 at Washington Township Fire Dept, Dublin Ohio

Advanced 12-Lead Interpretation

January 18, 2014 0930-1530hrs

Washington Township Fire Dept, Administrative Building

6200 Eiterman Rd. Dublin, Ohio 43017


This course is designed to focus on advanced EKG interpretation, patient risk stratification and the assessment and initial management of ACS patients EMS professional.

Participants must be proficient in basic 12-lead interpretation prior to class.


Topics include:

Rhythm and Waveform Recognition

Axis Deviation

S-T Elevation

MI Recognition; Anatomical Localization

Acute Coronary Syndromes




Complications of MI

ACS Imposters

Patient Care Variations by Scope of Practice

EKG Review

Discussion and Case Studies


$140 per person

Loaner textbook provided


Registration form is available at:


OhioHealth Doctors Hospital named a Truven Top 50 Cardiovascular Hospital

For the third consecutive year, Truven Health Analytics has named OhioHealth Doctors Hospital to their annual list of 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals in the Teaching Hospitals with Cardiovascular Residency Programs category. Selected from more than 1,000 U.S. hospitals, Doctors Hospital is the only hospital in central Ohio to be recognized this year. This recognition further solidifies Doctors Hospital’s strong reputation for expert heart care.

The Truven 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals is an annual quantitative study that identifies the nation’s best providers of cardiovascular service. To identify the 50 Top Hospitals, Truven analyzed Medicare Provider Analysis and Review (MedPAR), Medicare Hospital Cost Report Information System (HCRIS) and Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Hospital Compare data. They scored hospitals in key performance areas, such as risk-adjusted mortality and complications, core measures, percentage of coronary bypass patients with internal mammary artery use, 30-day mortality and readmission rates and efficiency measures. Visit 100tophospitals.com to learn more about the study and recognition.

Advanced 12-Lead Interpretation Class, October 26, 2013

Advanced 12-Lead ECG Interpretation Course
October 26, 2013 0900-1530 hrs
OhioHealth Grant Medical Center

The course simplifies learning with a three-step method for interpreting 12-lead ECGs, first exposing you to new information, then offering examples, and finally asking you to apply your knowledge. 12-lead interpretation is taken one step further by providing strategies to determine the likelihood of the presence of STEMI versus other causes of ST elevation.

Participants should have basic 12-lead interpretation competency prior to the course.
Individual course fee: $140 with loaner textbook
A textbook may be purchased for an additional fee of $60, if desired.

Contact the LifeLink office, if interested. On-campus garage parking and lunch are provided
Registration form is available at: ohiohealthems.com/outreach

Grant Vascular Surgery ranked No. 1 in the nation

OhioHealth Grant Medical Center’s Vascular Surgery program has been ranked No. 1 in the nation for medical excellence by CareChex, a national healthcare quality rating service and a division of one of the nation’s largest privately held healthcare information service companies.
Grant’s Vascular Surgery program earned the highest score in the nation based on a system that integrates several quality indicators into a single, multi-dimensional composite score and rating. During the three-year time period evaluated, Grant surgeons performed more than 4,000 vascular procedures.
Quality measures evaluated were:
+ Inpatient Quality Indicators (in-hospital deaths due to specific events, such as
myocardial infarction and stroke)
+ Patient Safety Indicators (specific adverse events or avoidable medical errors, such as
pulmonary embolism or infection)
+ Overall Risk-Adjusted Complication Rates
+ Overall Risk-Adjusted Mortality Rates
In a related award for Patient Safety, Grant’s vascular surgery program ranked in the top 10 percent of hospitals nationwide. These quality rankings reflect our ongoing commitment to excellence in Vascular Surgery.

Advanced 12 lead interpretation class, May 18, 0900-1600 OhioHealth Grant Medical Center Education Center

Join us for an advanced 12 lead interpretation class on May 18, 0900-1600 at the OhioHealth Grant Medical Center education Center. Students should have experience and/or competency in basic 12-lead ECG interpretation prior to the course. Fee is $140 per person with loaner text. Text is available for purchase at an additional fee of $60. Registration form is available on our Outreach Education page at:  http://www.grantlifelink.com