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Presence Saint Joseph Medical Center Eight Annual Code STEMI Event Recognizes Local Emergency Partners

Presence Saint Joseph Medical Center (PSJMC) recently hosted their eighth annual Code STEMI event. This year’s emergency partnership recognition was facilitated by PSJMC Interventional Cardiologist Chris Kolyvas, M.D., and Associate Emergency Department Director Peter “Rocky” Samuel, M.D., M.B.A.

Code STEMI (SegmenT Elevation Myocardial Infarction) is a process to treat all heart attack patients within in the first 90 minutes of an attack. Myocardial infarction, or MI, is the clinical term for heart attacks. The system helps physicians to diagnose and treat patients showing symptoms of a heart attack within the first hour after they arrive in the Emergency Department. For any patient arriving with symptoms of a heart attack, emergency physicians order an Electrocardiogram (EKG or ECG) within minutes. If a heart attack is diagnosed, the Code STEMI is activated, and an on-call cardiologist and specially-trained cardiac catheterization team are called in for emergency treatment such as primary angioplasty, thrombolytic therapy or even emergency bypass surgery. Frontline paramedic providers have become skilled at diagnosing STEMI in the field and the Code STEMI is often called before the patient arrives in the Emergency Department.

“This event is a wonderful opportunity to highlight the teamwork among our EMS providers and our Emergency Department,” said Dr. Samuel. “St. Joseph Medical Center has very sick patients coming through our doors and almost one-third of our patients arrive by ambulance. I am amazed by the high level of skill across all of the frontline providers in our region. Our Trauma Nurse Coordinator Leslie Livett, R.N., M.S., does an amazing job behind the scenes forming critical bonds with our partners.”

At PSJMC’s annual Code STEMI event, a series of real life cases are presented with the patients, and often their families, in attendance. This portion of the program is very emotional as the patients, perhaps for the first time (really the second time), are meeting the paramedics that saved their lives. For the paramedics, the event is equally rewarding as they recall the critical circumstances they helped the patients overcome.  

The event also included a new Community Partner Award presentation.  This inaugural award recognizes a local business or special individuals who have contributed in life-saving resuscitation. Presence Health’s South Suburban Region President and CEO Kathleen Rhine presented certificates to Keith Strasser, Eric Zabel and Brandt Stone of Harrah’s Casino for their prompt action in a life-saving resuscitation. Rhine presented the second Community Partner Award to Pat Jacobs, a Registered Nurse who performed life-saving CPR on Eric Munn, M.D., in his office of practice.

“I would like to personally thank all of the frontline responders for the incredible work you are doing each and every day,” said Rhine. “Your courage and agility to respond quickly in critical situations is truly inspiring. Code STEMI is truly a team effort and our program would not be so successful without all of the talented people from EMS, our ED staff and physicians, Cath Lab and Cardiology working together.”

PSJMC is in the process of renovating their Emergency Department to provide better access, efficiency and privacy with completion expected this summer. The project will include a brand new entrance and intake area, along with private waiting areas for patients and families.


Keith Strasser, Eric Zabel and Brandt Stone (not pictured) Security at Harrah’s Casino–were presented with the Community Partner Award for their prompt action in life-saving resuscitation from Kathleen Rhine, Presence Health President & CEO, South Suburban Region



Pat Jacobs, RN, received the Community Partner Award for  their prompt action in life saving resuscitation of Eric Munn, M.D





Cardiovascular Interventionalist Chris Kolyvas, M.D., on left  with Kim Gramlich, EMT-P,  EMS Coordinator, Wilmington Fire Protection District, accepting an award for working  collaboratively  to ensure seamless STEMI care in the community.


Cardiac Catheterization Lab Team


Presence Saint Joseph Medical Center (PSJMC) is a regional referral center recognized for overall Clinical Excellence. Recently named to the “Top Hospitals” in Chicagoland area by Chicago magazine, PSJMC serves Will and surrounding counties, including the southwest Chicago suburbs. Located in Joliet, PSJMC offers private patient rooms and world-class health care. Designated as a Primary Stroke Center, Presence Neuroscience Institute also provides 24/7 neurosurgeons, neurologists and neuroendovascular interventionalists. Recognized nationally for advanced cardiac care including a world-class open heart program, PSJMC also offers family-centered obstetrics, and a Level II Trauma Center.  

About Presence Health

Created in November 2011, Presence Health is the largest Catholic health system based in Illinois, with over 150 sites of care, including 12 hospitals, 20,000 employees, 4,000 medical professionals and a revenue base of $2.6 billion.

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