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Silver Cross Saves Local Man’s Life after Suffering a Heart Attack

Joliet, IL (August 09, 2010)—Silver Cross Hospital recently set a new record for re-establishing blood flow to a patient having a heart attack—36 minutes from time of arrival in the emergency department to opening of the arteries in the catheterization suite.

On June 29, Mokena Emergency Medical Services (EMS) personnel arrived at the scene of a 52 year-old, Michael Cain, who was complaining of chest pain. The EMS team performed a 12-Lead EKG and diagnosed an acute myocardial infarction or heart attack. While in transport to Silver Cross Hospital, they called ahead and alerted the Emergency Department staff that in turn called a “Code STEMI”. This code alerts key emergency and cardiology physicians and staff that an acute heart attack patient is en route and will need to be prepped for treatment in the emergency department and one of two cardiac catheterization suites. The desired outcome for every heart attack patient is to open and unblock the artery within 90 minutes of arrival to the hospital.

stemi-teamWhen Cain arrived at Silver Cross, the staff was ready and waiting. After a very brief stop in the emergency department, Cain was taken to the catheterization suite where he was found to have a totally blocked right coronary artery. The artery was opened up by removing the clot and deploying a drug eluting stent at the site of the blockage. The time it took from Cain’s arrival in the emergency department to opening his artery was record breaking—only 36 minutes.

Cain had wonderful things to say about the care he received from Silver Cross’ team. “I was amazed at how quickly I felt better. It was fantastic!” Cain was discharged home two days later and is doing well.

“This is superior work and can only be accomplished by the collaboration of many departments,” said Brendan Casey, Manager Cardiology & Interventional Radiology at Silver Cross Hospital. This collaboration starts with the EMS staff and continues with the emergency department staff, emergency physicians, cardiologists, and catheterization staff. The national door to reperfusion time is around 90 minutes, but here at Silver Cross, we achieve this on average in just around 64 minutes! “This great team work happens again and again, bringing a high level of care to our heart attack patients,” said Casey.

If you or a loved one is experiencing chest pains, call 911 immediately. For more information about the Silver Cross emergency department or free-standing emergency center in Homer Glen, visit

Pictured (l-r) Silver Cross Hospital’s Code Stemi Team (Daniel Zelehovitis, Chris Paxson, April Veerman, Frankie Pustelnik, Patty Gabrys, Peggy Capecci, Carrie Baumann, Patty May, Lisa Dejarld, Cris Gramza, Jill Monteleone, Mary Kinsella, and Melissa McPhail) recently set a new record for re-establishing blood flow to a patient having a heart attack



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