Medical City Alliance November 11, 2016

Fort Worth – On November 6, Medical Center Alliance treated the first STEMI patient transported by local EMS providers. Medical Center Alliance partners with local EMS providers and allows paramedics to administer and read EKG results in the field. Once a heart attack is determined, paramedics activate the Catherization Lab from the field, saving precious time once the patient arrives at the hospital.

“It is well known that time is critical when treating a heart attack,” says Judith Messer, CNO of Medical Center Alliance. “Because we want to minimize the damage to the patient’s heart, we entrust our EMS partners to make that call from the field. This allows patients to “pass through” the ER and go directly into the Cath Lab, saving time and allowing the cardiologist to restore blood flow to the heart as quickly as possible.”

Accordingly to the CDC, about 735,000 people experience a heart attack each year. Every 43 seconds, a patient experiences a heart attack in this country. ST-Elevation Myocardial Infarction (STEMI) is a type of heart attack during which one of the heart’s major arteries is blocked. ST-segment elevation is an abnormality detected on the 12-lead EKG.

STEMI response rates are typically measured by “door to balloon” times, which is the time between when a patient enters the hospital to when the vessel has been successfully opened and blood flow is restored. The national average for door to balloon times is approximately 90 minutes, but Medical Center Alliance has challenged the team to establish door to balloon times under 60 minutes.

Kerby Duhon, who was in town from Mississippi, was working the AAA Texas 500 at Texas Motor Speedway when he began to experience symptoms. Mr. Duhon requested medical attention, complaining of chest pain, nausea and shortness of breath. After administering an EKG on site, EMS providers determined that Mr. Duhon’s symptoms were the result of a heart attack. The Medical Center Alliance Catherization Lab team was immediately assembled and waiting for Mr. Duhon upon arrival.

“I am not from this area and was not familiar with the EMS providers or hospitals in the area,” says Kerby Duhon, patient at Medical Center Alliance. “But I am now and I am so grateful for everyone that participated in my care. I am thankful to be alive.”

About Medical Center Alliance

Medical Center Alliance is a full-service, 55-bed, acute care facility serving the communities of Fort Worth, Keller, Roanoke, Haslet, Saginaw and surrounding communities in northern Tarrant county and southern Denton county. The hospital offers a full range of services, specializing in women’s, cardiology, robotic-assisted laparoscopic surgery, and emergency care. Medical Center Alliance has been recognized by The Joint Commission for the Hospital Accreditation Program for 2015 and is a part of HCA. For more information about the hospital, please visit