Research Medical Center—part of HCA Midwest Health, Kansas City’s leading healthcare provider—has been designated by Missouri as one of 55 STEMI (ST-elevation Myocardial Infarction) Centers, the newest component of the Time Critical Diagnosis (TCD) System, throughout the state.  The TCD STEMI designation is designed to help first responders quickly identify hospitals best equipped to treat STEMI patients. Research Medical Center, also a Level I Trauma Center, has achieved the Level I STEMI Center, meaning the hospital offers the highest level of specialized care for the most complex cases and consistently meets the criteria for the highest among four possible levels for designated STEMI centers. 

In 2015, the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services announced similar TCD designations for stroke care. Research Medical Center is recognized as a Level I TCD Stroke Center, providing definitive care to high volumes of stroke patients within the region.  

A STEMI is one type of heart attack that is a potentially lethal condition for which specific therapies, administered rapidly, reduce mortality and disability. The TCD System is a statewide system that brings together the 911 response system, ambulance services and hospitals in a coordinated way to provide patients the right care, at the right place, in the right amount of time. With the designated STEMI Centers in place, individuals suffering a STEMI will receive quicker response times and improved survival and recovery rates.

“Minutes matter during an emergency,” says Dr. Randall Williams, Director of the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services. “Having this coordinated approach through the STEMI Centers will help a greater number of people survive and recover from trauma, stroke and heart attack.”

“The TCD Designation is testament to the talent and dedication of Research Medical Center’s cardiovascular team to provide high-quality, compassionate care to patients and their families,” says Jackie DeSouza-Van Blaricum, chief executive officer, Research Medical Center.  “We’re proud to deliver world-class technology and cardiovascular resources right at the patient’s bedside within minutes to help save lives. As one of the region’s leaders in heart care, patients can trust us for quality, coordinated life-saving cardiovascular care.”

In addition to Research Medical Center, the other HCA Midwest Health hospitals with the TCD Designation are: Centerpoint Medical Center and Lee’s Summit Medical Center Level II STEMI Center Designation and Lafayette Regional Health Center Level III STEMI Designation.

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