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CSMC Becomes STEMI Receiving Center

Designation is Effective March 1

Cedars-Sinai has been approved as an ST-Elevation Myocardial Infarction (STEMI) Receiving Center by the Los Angeles County Department of Health Services, effective March 1, 2007. With this designation, patients who exhibit signs of acute myocardial infarction on field EKGs will be brought by paramedics directly to Cedars-Sinai (or the nearest STEMI Receiving Center) for treatment.

Cedars-Sinai received the designation by consistently demonstrating that the medical center meets the 90-minute "door-to-balloon" goal established by the American Heart Association. The best outcomes for heart attack patients are achieved when blood flow is restored within 90 minutes.

In addition, to qualify as a STEMI Receiving Center, hospitals must demonstrate to the health department's Emergency Medical Services Agency that it has the facilities, technology and specialty physicians to provide immediate diagnostic tests and intervention.

"The STEMI Center will vastly improve our ability to provide the timeliest care possible for patients with acute myocardial infarction. Obtaining EKGs in the field by paramedics has been proven to decrease times to transport patients to the cath lab for urgent angioplasty to re-establish blood flow," said Joel M. Geiderman, M.D., co-chair of the Emergency Department.