Forrest General hosts Mississippi Healthcare Alliance STEMI/STROKE Coordinators’ meeting
HATTIESBURG, Miss. – (November 4, 2014) On Tuesday, November 4, Forrest General hosted the Mississippi Healthcare Alliance (MHCA) STEMI/STROKE Coordinators’ meeting, which was sponsored by the MHCA.
The MHCA began in 2007 with representatives from hospitals throughout Mississippi meeting to develop a strategy to improve health care in the state. The first step was to form a state wide protocol for ST Elevated Myocardial Infarction (Heart Attack) patients. Over the next several years the MHCA worked diligently to accomplish this task. With the inclusion of 19 hospitals that are equipped to do Percutaneous Coronary Intervention (PCI), Non-PCI Hospitals, Emergency Medical Services providers and many others, the MHCA now has a STEMI protocol that is recognized by the Mississippi State Department of Health. The STEMI System of Care Committees are recognized by the Mississippi State Department of Health. Now the MHCA has turned its attention to developing a Stroke System of Care, modeling the success of the STEMI program.
Program coordinators and data collectors from hospitals across the state were invited to attend Tuesday’s meeting. The gathering was also available via webinar for those who could not attend. The group discussed a variety of topics and answered questions related to the collection of data for both STEMI and stroke patients.
“It is meetings like today’s that keep us on the front line of patient care in Mississippi,” said STEMI Coordinator Justin Cameron, RN. “Since we began building our STEMI system in 2010, we have made great strides in the care of acute cardiac patients. Through this process we have received the highest awards that are given by the American College of Cardiology and American Heart Association for the care of Acute Heart Attack patients.”
The heart-related data collected by each individual hospital will be submitted to the American College of Cardiology’s National Data Registry. Stroke data is submitted to the Get With The Guidelines (GWTG) database.
“We anticipate the number of stroke patients will increase as the population ages and as we improve in treating heart disease. Our emphasis is not just surviving a stroke but having quality of life and dignity after suffering a stroke,” said Serina Carpenter, Forrest General’s stroke coordinator. “Remember, for stroke think ‘FAST.’ Have the patient smile, look for weakness on one side of the Face; have the patient pick up their Arms, is one side weak; is their Speech clear, and Time is important, call 911, get to the emergency room.”
Forrest General Hospital has played a major role in the development and success of the Mississippi Healthcare Alliance. In turn, the vision of the MHCA has helped support Forrest General Hospital’s development of protocols and practices to revolutionize how hospitals care for patients with Acute Myocardial Infarction.
Forrest General Hospital currently works closely with 13 facilities in the area that are not equipped with Cardiac Catheterization Laboratories to care for these patients. The hospital has also worked diligently with Emergency Medical Services to expedite the treatment of a patient that is having an acute heart attack.
For more information on Forrest General’s STEMI program, call FGH OnCall at 1-800-844-4445