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For Immediate Release: October 17, 2012
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8:30 a.m. – Thomas Brabson, DO, chairman, Emergency Services, AtlantiCare, addresses members of the Junior Class
8:50 a.m. – Joseph Giralo, Hammonton School Board president, will role play a person having a heart attack.
8:50 a.m. to 9 a.m. – Brabson and Howard Levite, MD, medical director of the Heart Institute at AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center and of ARMC’s Cardiac Catheterization laboratories at ARMC’s Cardiac Catheterization and Rhythm Center, will discuss why dialing 911, rather than driving oneself or a loved one to the hospital, is important, and will explain care of the heart attack patient from scene of heart attack to hospital.*
9 a.m. – Students to leave auditorium to see landing of MidAtlantic MedEvac for demonstration of how an air transport of a heart attack patient would take place.* *
*Training will not reflect what actual timeline for response and treatment would be.
* * The primary method of transportation of a STEMI patient is by local emergency medical technician ambulance with paramedics providing advanced care during transport. An alternative method of transport for a person experiencing a STEMI – which the presentation will demonstrate - is by air. A number of factors, including, but not limited to patient symptoms, distance from scene to hospital, distance from responding vehicle to scene, and weather conditions factor into transport method.
About the Heart Institute at AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center
ARMC, the only hospital in southeastern New Jersey to offer emergency cardiac catheterizations through its comprehensive cardiac surgery program, is a state designated STEMI Center and an American Heart Association Mission Lifeline designated STEMI care system. It is also accredited by the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care for meeting stringent guidelines and protocols in the care of patients with chest pain.
AtlantiCare is an integrated system of services designed to help people achieve optimal health. It includes AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center, AtlantiCare Health Engagement, the AtlantiCare Foundation, and AtlantiCare Health Services. Its more than 5,461 employees and 600 physicians serve the community in more than 60 locations. A 2009 Malcolm Baldrige Award winner, AtlantiCare was also included in Modern Healthcare’s Best Places to Work in Healthcare in 2010. ARMC became the 105th hospital in the nation to attain status as a Magnet™ designated hospital in March of 2004 and was redesignated a Magnet™ hospital in 2008.