Dr. Buckley Selected as Co-Chair of the Ohio Mission Lifeline Hospital Work Group to Improve the Outcome of Heart Attack Patients
LANCASTER, Ohio (November 29, 2011) – Jeremy Buckley, M.D., interventional cardiologist at Fairfield Medical Center (FMC), has been selected as co-chair of the Ohio Mission Lifeline Hospital Work Group. Dr. Buckley was appointed along with Ernest Mazzaferri, Jr., M.D., from The Ohio State University Medical Center. Both are Fellows of The American College of Cardiology and Fellows of The Society for Cardiac Angiography and Interventions.
Mission Lifeline® seeks to save the lives of patients by focusing on pre-hospital treatment protocols for cardiac patients, mostly ST-Segment Elevation Myocardial Infarction (STEMI) patients. A STEMI is a heart attack where one or more of the heart’s arteries are blocked. Specifically, Mission Lifeline is determined to reduce the time it takes for STEMI patients to receive treatment. An example of such improvement at Fairfield Medical Center is the recent purchase of a remote electrocardiogram (EKG) receiving station named LIFENET®. The Remote EKG System allows local Emergency Medical Services (EMS) to use modems in order to send EKGs directly to the Emergency Department, allowing for early detection in heart attack patients, specifically STEMI patients. Utilizing this technology the patient arrives by ambulance and bypasses the Emergency Department to be taken immediately to the catheterization laboratory for a heart catheterization. Therefore, at FMC heart attack patients can be treated as quickly as possible to ensure better survival rates.
“I am very excited to be participating in this state-wide initiative that will not only help our patients locally but all patients across the state of Ohio. Fairfield Medical Center has seen rapid growth and improvement in heart attack care; this initiative will help further that improvement,” said Dr. Buckley.
Dr. Buckley’s efforts are joined by members of Fairfield Medical Center and local EMS who are very active in the participation of the pre-hospital workgroup. Members include personnel from Cardiovascular Services, Emergency Medicine and EMS. Although Mission Lifeline is focusing on improving the system of care for the nearly 250,000 patients who suffer from a STEMI each year, improving that system will ultimately provide better care for all heart attack patients.
Howard Sniderman, Fairfield Medical Center chief operating officer, noted, “Dr. Buckley has devoted a great deal of time and effort into shaping the future care of our cardiac patients. As co-chair of the Mission Lifeline Hospital Group, he will be of great value not only for Fairfield Medical Center but also the entire state of Ohio.”
Dr. Buckley is also board chair of the Gordon B. Snider Cardiovascular Institute at Fairfield MedicalCenter. For more information regarding cardiovascular services at Fairfield Medical Center, please go to fmchealth.org, or call (740) 689-6893.
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About the Gordon B. Snider Cardiovascular Institute:
Named after the physician who brought the first intensive care unit (ICU) to the Lancaster community, the Dr. Gordon B. Snider Cardiovascular Institute (CVI) has served as the medical catalyst to bring more than 30 Fairfield Medical Center physicians – from family practice and internal medicine to interventional radiology, nephrology, cardiology and surgery – for the improvement of current heart care practices and further advancement of heart care delivery to Southeastern Ohio patients. The CVI is led by a board with representatives from each medical field involved in the delivery of heart care services. Each board member leads a medical committee that has been assigned a specific quality goal for heart care improvement.