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UPDATE: Henry Mayo receives new accreditation

Designation means sufferers of most dangerous heart attacks can go directly to local hospital

Posted: November 22, 2013 12:28 p.m.
Updated: November 22, 2013 7:00 p.m.

SANTA CLARITA - Due to a new level of accreditation, victims of the most deadly form of heart attack can now be transported directly to Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital, hospital officials announced Friday.

The Santa Clarita Valley’s only hospital has received accreditation as a designated STEMI Receiving Center from the Los Angeles County Emergency Medical Services Agency.

A STEMI, or ST Elevated Myocardial Infarction, interrupts blood supply to the heart muscle, which can cause part of muscle to die. It is considered the most deadly form of heart attack.

In the past, STEMI patients in the Santa Clarita Valley were transported to other facilities for their care.

Now, as a STEMI Receiving Center, Henry Mayo can provide immediate, life-saving cardiac care that patients need close to home, officials said.

Henry Mayo CEO and President Roger Seaver praised the hospital’s “heart team” “for the preparation and demonstrated competence in emergency cardiac care and readiness” required to win the accreditation.

At the same time, he noted, “The hospital would like to acknowledge the critically important role the paramedics and the pre-hospital care team play in this service.

“Paramedics have provided outstanding service, and we are pleased to partner with them for heart attack victims in the SCV.” Seaver said.

The accreditation takes effect Dec. 1.




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