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Record turnout for medical center's STEMI Summit

By Staff
GAINESVILLE - The Northeast Georgia Medical Center's 6th Annual Northeast Georgia Regional STEMI Summit set a record for attendance.

Hospital officials say nearly 600 healthcare professionals -- including paramedics and EMTs, physicians, surgeons, nurses, students and others -- from more than 19 counties across the state attended the one-day meeting on Friday.

They heard from nationally-recognized experts in cardiac resuscitation and acute stroke management who provided up-to-date information about the treatment of stroke, severe heart attacks and cardiac arrest.

​The meeting also provided a chance for participants to discuss the state of the Northeast Georgia Regional STEMI System – a collaborative effort between Northeast Georgia Medical Center and EMS in counties across the region to provide fast and efficient treatment to patients who suffer asevere heart attacks known as STEMI (ST Segment Elevation Myocardial Infarction).

​“STEMI heart attacks are among the most serious because one of the heart’s major arteries is blocked for a prolonged period of time,” says J. Jeffrey Marshall, MD, an interventional cardiologist with Northeast Georgia Heart Center and medical director of Cardiac Cath Labs at NGMC. “Every second counts for STEMI patients.”

​Northeast Georgia Regional STEMI System allows care teams to react more quickly, in a more coordinated way, because information about the heart attack is sent from the ambulance to the hospital while the patient is still en route to the hospital.

Keynote speakers at this year’s Summit were two of the nation’s leading experts in the study of cardiac resuscitation and acute stroke management:

•Peter J. Kudenchuk, MD –​
Professor of Medicine
Division of Cardiology/Arrhythmia Services, University of Washington

Associate Medical Director
King County Emergency Medical Services
Public Health-Seattle/King County

•Adnan H. Siddiqui, MD, PhD, FAHA – ​
Vice Chairman & Associate Professor
Director of Neuroendovascular Fellowship
Director of Research
Department of Neurosurgery
University at Buffalo

Director of Neurosurgical Stroke Service
Kaleida Health

Director Training & Education
Jacobs Institute

In addition to notable keynote speakers and engaging breakout sessions, a portion of the STEMI Summit featured cardiac arrest and STEMI survivors who were reunited with their care teams.

“This is a very meaningful part of the Summit,” says Mohak Davé, MD, chief of theDepartment of Emergency Medicine at NGMC and medical director for Georgia Region II EMSand White County EMS. “We are fortunate to live in a region with EMS personnel who deliver exceptional pre-hospital care to STEMI, stroke and cardiac arrest patients.”

Learn more by visiting or calling 770-219-3840.

Link: Northeast Ga. Health System
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