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Simi Valley Hospital Designated a Ventura County STEMI Receiving Center

Cardiac Care

Media Contact: Alicia Gonzalez (818) 800-3113 Gonzala1@ah.org

SIMI VALLEY HOSPITAL DESIGNATED A VENTURA COUNTY STEMI RECEIVING CENTER As of 7 a.m. June 20, patients with STEMIs can now be taken by ambulance to Simi Valley Hospital.

LOS ANGELES, CA – June 17, 2016 – Simi Valley Hospital (SVH) is proud to announce it has been designated a STEMI receiving center (SRC) by Ventura County Emergency Services. Because SVH is now an SRC, when emergency medical personnel confirm a heart attack/STEMI diagnosis, they can bring the patient to the SVH emergency department for treatment. “STEMI” is a medical term that means heart attack (segment elevation myocardial infarction). A STEMI usually requires aggressive treatment in a timely manner to prevent permanent heart damage.

“This designation means that people suffering from a heart attack due to blockage will now be transported here by EMS first responders when we are the closest available STEMI receiving center. We serve a combined population of nearly 180,000 people, and the nearest heart attack care centers are at least 20-40 minutes away. When a person is having a heart attack, their heart muscle is dying and cannot be restored. Time equals muscle and life! This important designation will save lives and improve quality of life for hundreds of people each year,” said Jennifer Swenson, president and CEO, Simi Valley Hospital.

Although the hospital has been caring for heart attack patients for more than a year, those patients have come to the hospital on their own because the EMS personnel are required to take STEMI patients to designated STEMI receiving centers.

In a letter to the hospital, the county EMS agency commended SVH for its high level of care that it continuously provides the community.

“I am incredibly proud of our talented and dedicated teams who have worked diligently to meet the criteria and everyone who had a role in helping build and create this service. Realistically, our STEMI accreditation is the result of focused teamwork from all departments at SVH. This is a big step in our ongoing journey to provide comprehensive life-saving heart care services to our community,” said Swenson.

Patients with heart attack symptoms such as chest pain or shortness of breath should receive immediate attention in the emergency department.

Time is muscle! If you or anyone you know experiences any of these symptoms, call 911 immediately.

- Chest discomfort—uncomfortable pressure, squeezing, fullness or pain—that lasts for more than a few minutes or that goes away and comes back. 
- Pain or discomfort in one or both arms, the back, neck, jaw or stomach.
- Shortness of breath, which may occur with or without chest discomfort.
- Cold sweat, nausea and/or lightheadedness
 

For more information about the STEMI receiving center at Simi Valley Hospital visit:

http://www.simivalleyhospital.com/hearthealth

http://emsa.ca.gov/STEMI