At the McConnell Heart Hospital, we built an emergency department on the first floor, with state-of-the-art cardiovascular diagnostic and treatment rooms located on the floor directly above.

This efficient floor plan is part of a comprehensive system that speeds heart attack patients to life-saving treatment.

Saving Muscle with Extraordinary Door-to-Balloon Times

OhioHealth Riverside Methodist Hospital has dramatically reduced the time it takes to get patients with ST-elevated myocardial infarction (STEMI) from the emergency room to the cardiac catheterization lab. Since initiating a STEMI Alert system, our average door-to-balloon time has dropped from 72 minutes to an extraordinary 58 minutes, a response time that very few hospitals in the nation have achieved.

The key to the success of Riverside Methodist's STEMI Alert system is having an interventional cardiology team onsite 24/7, a practice unique in Ohio.

How the STEMI Alert Works

With the STEMI Alert system:

  • Paramedics transmit the patient's electrocardiogram (EKG) to the Emergency Department (ED).
  • The ED activates the STEMI Alert.
  • A series of overhead and digital pages alerts emergency and cardiac physicians and staff.
  • The cardiac care unit rapidly mobilizes for an emergency angioplasty or stent placement.
  • Medications are administered to stabilize the patient in the ED.
  • The patient is taken to the cardiac catheterization lab, just one floor above in the McConnell Heart Hospital.
A Life-Saving Technique: Code Cool

In cases of cardiac arrest, emergency staff stabilize a patient's heart to contain damage to the heart muscle. The team uses a body cooling therapy called Therapeutic Hypothermia, to bring down the core body temperature. This technique aims to reduce other organ damage and slow brain cell death that could lead to permanent neurological impairment. Riverside Methodist is one of the few hospitals in the country to use this life-saving technique.