Smithtown, NY—St. Catherine of Siena Medical Center held the first of its quarterly Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Dinner and Lecture Series on Thursday, March 27, 2014 at the Watermill in Smithtown. The hospital sponsored event is an initiative to foster excellence in health care services through improved communication and education, while also showing first responders appreciation and much deserved recognition. Director of St. Catherine of Siena’s QA/PI Joshua P. Bozek, DO, lectured on Traumatic Eye Injuries and EMS Pitfalls , and Shan Ahmed, DO, MS, FACOEP, FACEP, lectured on the Altered Mental Status and Stroke Mimics.
Emergency Medical Technician from the Smithtown Fire Department Edward Grove commented on the event, “Both Drs. Bozek and Ahmed were great lecturers, who presented their topics such that the EMS providers could appreciate and understand the message.”
In addition, first responders from the Kings Park Fire Department, Joseph Pucci and Erica Johnston, were presented with the “Protector of the Penumbra” award. The “Protector of the Penumbra” award was developed by St. Catherine of Siena as a patient initiative in partnership with the American Heart Association. The goal is to improve administration times for the “clot-busting” drug used in the treatment of patients who are brought to the emergency department with symptoms of acute ischemic stroke. Ischemic stroke is caused by a blockage in a blood vessel that stops the flow of blood and deprives the surrounding brain tissue of oxygen. In the absence of oxygen, the brain cells in the immediate area begin to die and release a cascade of toxic chemicals that threaten brain tissue in the surrounding area—the ischemic penumbra. When a patient receives the drug within 40 minutes of arrival emergency personnel are awarded for their diligence. Because of their timely care, they successfully aided in minimizing the long-term deficits from the ischemic stroke. Kings Park Fire Department first responders Cono Cimino and Andree Fagan were also recognized and awarded with the “Protector of the Penumbra” award for their lifesaving efforts, but were not in attendance.
St. Catherine of Siena was recently recognized internationally for its patient quality achievements at the 2014 International Stroke Conference, sponsored by the American Heart/American Stroke Associations held in February.