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Springfield EMS earns silver in STEMI care

5/15/2014 - South Side Leader
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By Maria Lindsay

SPRINGFIELD — The Springfield Fire Department is among 22 EMS agencies in Ohio to receive the inaugural American Heart Association Mission: Lifeline Emergency Medical Services Performance Achievement Award.

Springfield Fire Chief Vic Wincik announced at the May 8 Board of Trustees meeting the department earned a Silver level Mission: Lifeline award. The Silver level means Springfield EMS has completed one calendar year (2013) in achieving overall composite scores of the Mission: Lifeline criteria. To advance to Gold, it will have to maintain a second year of compliance criteria, said Wincik.

This first year of the award, there were no Gold level winners, according to Mission: Lifeline program officials.

According to Wincik, the award recognizes various medical entities for their efforts to improve the quality of care for STEMI patients. STEMI stands for ST elevation myocardial infarction, which is a type of heart attack. Award recipients participated in the approved Mission: Lifeline program and were scored on achievement measures to earn a bronze, silver or gold award.

STEMI is the deadliest form of heart attack, according to the American Heart Association (AHA). The condition is determined by an electrocardiogram test. The AHA recommends a maximum of 90 minutes from the time a patient is seen by a paramedic to the time of getting proper treatment (re-establishing blood flow) at a hospital for the best survival rates.

Springfield Fire Medical Director Dr. Francis Mencl, an emergency room physician for Summa Health System, and Marie Nichols, STEMI coordinator and a patient researcher and educator for myocardial ischemia also at Summa, first recognized the Springfield Fire Department this past November at a trustees meeting for “providing exceptional care” to STEMI patients by following established protocols to identify patients and activate STEMI care quickly to ensure they receive the needed treatment. Springfield EMS averages 8 to 10 minutes in that process, according to Nichols.

Springfield Fire Department will be recognized on a national level in various AHA publications, meetings and its website, according to Wincik.

Wincik also said the Fire Department will host an open house May 20-22 from 5 to 7 p.m., with the public invited to learn what it does. On May 22, the Mission: Lifeline award will be presented at 7 p.m.

In other business at the meeting, trustees approved:

  • a resolution requesting all funding and participation with Northeast Ohio Sustainable Communities Consortium be withheld until a public hearing can be arranged. Trustee Dean Young said the consortium intends to levy a land-use tax;
  • to accept bids from the Summit County Engineer’s Office for the 2014 pavement maintenance program, including $74,528 for Perrin Asphalt and $72,267 for C&C Construction;
  • a three-year service agreement with Best Heating & Cooling for maintenance of the township’s heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems, at a total cost of $10,440;
  • a three-year service agreement with Silco Fire & Security for the annual inspection of the township’s fire protection systems, at a total cost of $5,669;
  • a three-year service agreement with W.W. Williams for the township’s emergency backup generator, at a total cost of $3,770;
  • the purchase of three Python III K-band antenna radar units to replace three old ones, at a cost of $2,910; and
  • a then and now purchase order for a Char-Lynn motor from Robeck Fluid Power Co. for a township Gradall excavator in the amount of $1,296.

Trustees adjourned into executive session to meet with legal counsel regarding negotiations with public employee unions and the employment of individuals.

The next regular trustees’ meeting will take place May 22 at 7 p.m. at Town Hall, 2459 Canfield Road.

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