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For release: March 16, 2015

Kelly Ward-Smith 330.344.1681,
Amy Kilgore 330.344.6014,

Lodi Community Hospital program provides rapid treatment for heart attack patients
New equipment and collaboration reduce time-to-treatment for STEMI patients

Nearly 250,000 Americans each year have an ST-elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI), the deadliest form of heart attack, according to the American Heart Association, but these events can be quickly recognized and treated to reduce further heart damage.

Lodi Community Hospital (LCH) recently launched a “STEMI Rendezvous” program to provide faster treatment for heart attack patients. New wireless cardiac monitors provided to local fire departments will allow emergency medical technicians to perform a 12-lead electrocardiogram (EKG) while on-the-scene, if they suspect a patient is having a heart attack. The EKG results are immediately transmitted to LCH where an emergency physician will determine if the patient is having a STEMI.

If a STEMI is confirmed, LCH will simultaneously forward the EKG results through a new cloud-based LIFENET® Alert EKG Transmission System to Cleveland Clinic Critical Care Transport to immediately launch a helicopter, and to Akron General Medical Center to activate the cardiovascular catheterization lab team. The EMS crew will transport the patient to LCH for initial treatment and stabilization. Upon the Cleveland Clinic Critical Care Transport Team’s arrival, they will then transfer the patient, via helicopter, directly to Akron General Medical Center, an accredited Mission: Lifeline STEMI-Receiving Center, for immediate intervention.

“Early recognition and activation by EMS/fire department is the key to this process,” says J. R. Sesock, Flight Paramedic/Outreach Coordinator, Cleveland Clinic Critical Care Transport. “The faster EMS can perform a 12-lead EKG and transmit it, the better chance of successful outcomes for the patient.”

As part of the program, LCH provided four ZOLL® X Series® Monitor/Defibrillators to fire departments under their medical direction that did not have EKG transmission capability: Canaan Township Fire Department (Wayne County), Lodi Fire Department (Medina County), Sullivan Fire Department (Ashland County) and Town & Country Fire District (Wayne County). Westfield Fire Department’s (Medina County) ambulances are already equipped with transmission capable cardiac monitors.

Myocardial infarctions (heart attacks) occur when blood flow through one or more of the heart’s arteries becomes blocked, typically by a clot that forms in an area of plaque build-up. The lack of blood flow causes damage to that portion of the heart muscle which, if not corrected quickly, can result in muscle damage and scar tissue formation. For the heart muscle to have the best chance of avoiding permanent damage, quick action to restore the blood flow is critically important.

“This program will get people in our community the right care they need, as quickly as possible,” says Thomas Whelan, President, Akron General Community & Specialty Hospitals. “The crucial EKG transmission early on activates not only an emergency room, but also a helicopter, Critical Care Transport team and cath lab team. An entire experienced team is now ready and waiting to care for that specific patient.”

About Lodi Community Hospital
Lodi Community Hospital, one of three hospitals in the Akron General Health System – an affiliate of Cleveland Clinic, has proudly provided community based healthcare to people of southwest Medina County and portions of Lorain, Ashland and Wayne Counties since 1920. Lodi Community Hospital is a designated 25-bed Critical Access Hospital and offers a comprehensive range of services: acute and skilled care; a full range of outpatient diagnostic, rehabilitation and physical therapy services; occupational health care; outpatient and general, minimally invasive surgery; radiology services; and a state-of-the-art 24-hour emergency room that has won numerous patient satisfaction awards. For more information, visit and

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