Rush Copley Honors Local EMS Providers
(Aurora, IL) Rush Copley is honoring local Emergency Medical Services (EMS) and 911 Telecommunications providers for exceptional cardiac care with the hospital’s “Cardiac Run of the Quarter Award.”
Rush-Copley’s Emergency Department and Heart and Vascular Institute review cardiac cases that are brought to the Emergency Department by an EMS provider. Each quarter, one case is chosen as the Cardiac Care Run of the Quarter to recognize EMS personnel who have delivered exceptional cardiac care.
“The majority of heart damage occurs within the first two hours of a heart attack,” said Courtney Virgilio, M.D., cardiologist at Rush-Copley. “A first responder’s ability to recognize the subtle presenting signs of a heart attack and act upon them immediately – before heart damage occurs – is vital for our patients.”
Recently, the inaugural Cardiac Care Run of the Quarter was awarded to Medic 8 of the Aurora Fire Department for their outstanding patient care during a call received in August. Paramedics Robert Kulovitz and Mike Hoffman, were the recipients of the award along with Kelly Gruca and Tara Lafan, the 911 telecommunications staff members who took the call. Dr. Courtney Virgilio, Jack Taxis, EMS Coordinator, Carmen Kaufman, PAC and Shiella Razon-Lumetta, Chest Pain Coordinator presented the award on behalf of Rush-Copley.