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 Mamata Alwarshetty, 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.”
Rush Copley recently presented the Run of the Quarter award to Oswego Fire Department. The award, presented by Dr. Vijay Shah, Carmen Kaufman, PA-C and Jack Taxis, R.N., was awarded for exceptional patient care provided to a patient who called 911 due to chest pain. The patient had a ST segment elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI), a type of heart attack, which was immediately recognized by emergency providers. Oswego Fire Department was selected because of their fast response to the scene as well as the prompt medical attention and treatment which was given to the patient. The 911 telecommunication dispatchers and the Oswego Fire Department members on the call, along with the Oswego Fire Department chiefs, were awarded certificates and a breakfast was hosted in their honor.