STEMI Alert is a regional heart attack response program created by OSF Saint Francis Medical Center and HeartCare Midwest in Peoria, Illinois. The program is designed to shorten response times for treatment of heart attacks, especially for patients who live farther away from large medical centers.
A Network of Specialists…Linked to Save Time and Lives
Fourteen hospitals across central Illinois currently partner with OSF Saint Francis to speed up lifesaving treatments for heart attack patients. At a moment’s notice, a team of specialists is called to immediate action, including cardiologists, medical communicators, emergency medical teams, Life Flight, cath lab and emergency departments.
Better Outcomes…More Lives Saved
This streamlined process is proven to improve heart attack outcomes. Blocked arteries are re-opened more quickly. Heart muscle is saved. In fact, the STEMI Alert program has consistently exceeded nationally recognized standards in treatment times every quarter for the last five years. This includes “door-to-balloon” times, which refers to the interval between a patient’s arrival at emergency and the doctor’s opening of the blocked artery by inserting and inflating a tiny balloon.