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AHMC HEALTH FOUNDATION DONATION FACILITATES BLUETOOTH TECHNOLOGY UNVEILING OF NEW PROGRAM FOR CARDIAC PATIENTS - OCTOBER 19, 2010

Monterey Park, California:  AHMC Health Foundation, a local non-profit charitable organization, in collaboration with Monterey Park Fire Department will be launching a new technological program to assist Emergency Medical Response for cardiac patients.  AHMC Health Foundation will be making a presentation to the City Council on October 19, 2010 at 6:00 p.m., followed by the unveiling of this new program in the City Council Chambers lounge.

Through AHMC Health Foundation's Grant-in-Aid Program, the Monterey Park Fire Department received a grant to fund the purchase and implementation of Bluetooth technology for Monterey Park Paramedics to transmit EKG patient information from its 12-Lead EKG monitors through a wireless device to the smart phones of the ER physician and cardiologist on call at the nearest available STEMI Receiving Center (SRC).  This program enables the Cardiologist to immediately confirm the paramedic's initial reading of a cardiac patient and ensure that the patient is transported to a ST Elevation Myocardial Infarction Receiving Center (STEMI Center) or appropriate receiving facility.  STEMI is a myocardial infarction that generates ST-segment elevation on the pre-hospital 12-lead EKG.  The Fire Department received five monitors in 2006 through LA County grant funds.  Garfield Medical Center is the only STEMI Receiving Center (SRC) in the City of Monterey Park.  The hospital is licensed for cardiac catheterization laboratory and cardiovascular surgery by the California Department of Public Health. A STEMI Receiving Center is able to accept the rapid transfer of a patient from a field setting (paramedic response) and initiate cardiac medical intervention immediately.  The primary goal of this service is to respond and treat heart attack patients from the point of paramedic response within 45 minutes from the 9-1-1 call.

Acting Fire Chief James Birrell said "AHMC Health Foundation's generosity means much more than the dollar value of the donation because it enables the MPFD to provide critical care for a patient suffering from heart attacks.  The Bluetooth technology helps to ensure the expediency of information transfer to physicians, guaranteeing first rate pre-hospital care.  This donation demonstrates the collaborative partnership between the City and local health care providers in EMS services.  It also signifies AHMC Health Foundation's commitment to the community."

As stated by Mr. Philip A. Cohen, Board President of AHMC Health Foundation, "We applaud Monterey Fire Department's efforts to continuously improve its EMS services to our community.  This new technology for information transmittal will enable Monterey Park residents to receive the most expedited cardiac care possible in time of need.  We are glad that AHMC Health Foundation can be involved in this effort."

In addition to a demonstration of this enhancement, Dr. Lin from AHMC, a cardiologist and ER staff from Garfield Medical Center and paramedic personnel from the Fire Department will be available to introducing this new technology and conduct a demonstration in the lounge area of the Council Chambers; 320 West Newmark Avenue; Monterey Park.  For further information about this program, contact Battalion Chief Ken Leasure at (626) 307-1270 or Mr. Cohen at AHMC Health Foundation at (626) 573-2222.

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