Life-saving heart attack care
St. John’s participates in three different efforts to provide rapid, life-saving care for heart attack patients, both locally and in our region. These efforts ensures heart attack patients are transported from these outlying hospitals to Springfield for treatment within the critical window of 90 - 120 minutes. The 90-minute national goal is based on spending 30 minutes in the outlying hospital, 30 minutes to transport and 30 minutes in St. John’s Cath Lab. The clock starts when a heart attack patient enters a community hospital emergency room. Patients are then quickly transferred — via ambulance or helicopter — to Springfield to obtain the needed procedures. The Prairie STAT Heart program is a cooperative effort between St. John’s, Memorial Medical Center, Prairie Cardiovascular Consultants (PCC), Carbondale Memorial Hospital and 30 community hospitals in Central and Southern Illinois. St. John’s ER and Cardiac Catheterization managers worked with PCC and Springfield Clinic cardiologists to create the Star 90 program for patients who come to St. John’s directly. In 2011, the average "door to balloon time" for Star 90 is 44 minutes.Springfield Clinic cardiologists worked with St. John’s, Memorial and six community hospitals to develop the Stat MI program for its patients in outlying areas.