UofL Health - Mary & Elizabeth offers emergency rooms that provide faster registration and shorter wait times, with a 30 minute or less door to doc commitment and a faster bedside triage and faster provider assessment, diagnostics, and treatment. It also provides Advanced Cardiac Care.
24-hour STEMI coverage
While a heart attack patient is still on the way to the hospital, UofL Health – Mary & Elizabeth Hospital physicians can get the vital data they need to make a diagnosis. If the heart attack requires intervention, we can activate our cardiac team immediately, allowing us to provide lifesaving care faster than ever before. It’s all possible because of the STEMI network between Mary & Elizabeth Hospital and our regional EMS providers. It ensures the area’s quickest access to care that can stop a heart attack in progress.
STEMI is an acronym meaning “ST segment elevation myocardial infarction,” which is a type of severe heart attack. While all heart attacks are serious, those considered a STEMI—which involves a significant artery blockage—require the quickest treatment. Because of the significant blockage, STEMI heart attacks cause rapid loss of heart muscle that cannot be regenerated. In these situations, time saved is heart muscle saved.
UofL Health – Mary & Elizabeth Hospital works with regional emergency medical systems (EMS) to provide the fastest access to lifesaving care through our STEMI network. Through the network, our emergency department receives EKG results transmitted wirelessly by EMS providers when they suspect that a patient is having a STEMI in the field. Once the emergency department receives the patient’s EKG and a significant blockage is suspected, the emergency physician will activate the cardiac catheterization lab (cath lab) team. When EMS arrives at Mary & Elizabeth Hospital, hospital staff transport the patient directly to the cath lab, allowing physicians to clear the blockage sooner. For patients with a heart attack or a complete blockage of the coronary artery, this ensures the fastest access to lifesaving care.