Eleven years ago, Los Angeles County Emergency Medical Services (EMS) began designating hospitals as centers to receive patients suffering the most serious types of heart attack, ST-elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI). Providence Tarzana Medical Center is celebrating its 10-year anniversary as a STEMI receiving center (SRC) and is honored to care for critical heart attack patients.
Since 2010, the cardiovascular team has treated more than 280 STEMI patients.
A STEMI heart attack happens as a result of a complete blockage in a coronary artery, which carries a high risk of disability and even death. Over 20,000 patients in Los Angeles County have been treated by EMS providers and directed to SRC locations over the past 10 years.
“We’re thrilled to have been an early leader in adoption of the STEMI program,” Lisa Pisani, director cardiovascular service line at Providence Tarzana. “We continue to provide leading care for patients with a range of emergency and complex heart problems, right here in the community. Through the generosity of our neighbors, the hospital’s fund-raising foundation was able to purchase targeted temperature management equipment which is vital to our SRC program.”
The primary goals of the SRC program were to make regional care for patients available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, providing rapid intervention.
The program’s success is measured by data where the benchmark was to ensure that the door to balloon angioplasty time – is less than 90 minutes, 90 percent of the time. Providence Tarzana averages well below the 90 minute benchmark, with a door to balloon angioplasty average of just over 63 minutes in the last 5 years, getting patients life-saving treatment faster.
The Los Angeles County STEMI Receiving Center program is nationally recognized for its performance and success. Providence Tarzana is honored to be part of this local success story, which has been achieved in conjunction with EMS, other leading medical centers and EMS providers.
Providence looks forward to continuing to serve our community with the Tarzana Reimagined project which includes enhancements to the current 21-bed Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and the existing 33-bed Women’s Pavilion, expanded diagnostic and treatment areas, a redesigned lobby and visitor reception area, new Emergency Room for improved access to critical care and additional parking.
The Providence Tarzana Foundation enables the medical center to keep pace with advances in lifesaving technology while responding to the unique needs of our San Fernando Valley communities. Through the generosity of our neighbors, the hospital’s fund-raising foundation will continue to ensure that Providence Tarzana remains a place of hope for the community. To make a donation, please contact the Foundation office at 818-757-4384 or visit Providence Tarzana Foundation.