St. Mary Medical Center upgrades heart care Victorville Daily Press | 13-Dec-2008
APPLE VALLEY St. Mary Medical Center will be designated as a cardiac care specialty center for certain critical patients, under a new agreement with San Bernardino County.
The medical center will become the first hospital in the High Desert to be designated as an ST-Elevation Myocardial Infarction Receiving Center, county officials said in a news release.
The medical center received the designation by demonstrating that it has the facilities, technology and specialty physicians to provide immediate diagnostic tests and intervention and can meet the 90-minute guideline set by the American Heart Association for restoring blood flow to the heart. The best outcomes for heart attack patients are achieved when blood flow is restored within 90 minutes.
Prior to St. Mary gaining the designation, the next closest STEMI Receiving Center for High Desert residents was in Loma Linda.
With the designation as a STEMI Receiving Center, patients in the High Desert who exhibit signs of an acute heart attack, when evaluated by paramedics in the field, will be sent to St. Mary Medical Center for treatment, even if another hospital is closer.
“Ensuring that patients receive timely and appropriate care is critical to their survival,” said San Bernardino County 1st District Supervisor Brad Mitzelfelt. “I commend St. Mary Medical Center for taking the necessary steps to be able to provide a higher level of care in the High Desert.”