Lee’s Summit Medical Center—part of HCA Midwest Health, Kansas City’s leading healthcare provider—has been designated by Missouri as one of 55 STEMI (ST-elevation Myocardial Infarction) Centers, the newest component of the Time Critical Diagnosis (TCD) System, throughout the state.  The TCD STEMI designation is designed to help first responders quickly identify hospitals best equipped to treat STEMI patients. Lee’s Summit Medical Center has achieved the Level II STEMI Center, meaning the hospital offers specialized care to high volumes of patients, drawing from a large geographic area.

A STEMI is one type of heart attack that is a potentially lethal condition for which specific therapies, administered rapidly, reduce mortality and disability. The TCD System is a statewide system that brings together the 911 response system, ambulance services and hospitals in a coordinated way to provide patients the right care, at the right place, in the right amount of time. With the designated STEMI Centers in place, individuals suffering a STEMI will receive quicker response times and improved survival and recovery rates.

“Minutes matter during an emergency,” says Dr. Randall Williams, Director of the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services. “Having this coordinated approach through the STEMI Centers will help a greater number of people survive and recover from trauma, stroke and heart attack.”

“The TCD Designation is testament to the talent and dedication of Lee’s Summit Medical Center’s cardiovascular team to provide high-quality, compassionate care to patients and their families,” says Pat Kueny, chief operating officer and interim chief executive officer, Lee’s Summit Medical Center.  “We’re proud to deliver world-class technology and cardiovascular resources right at the patient’s bedside within minutes to help save lives. As one of the region’s leaders in heart care, patients can trust us for quality, coordinated life-saving cardiovascular care.”

In addition to Lee’s Summit Medical Center, the other HCA Midwest Health hospitals with the TCD Designation are: Centerpoint Medical Center Level II STEMI Center Designation, Lafayette Regional Health Center Level III STEMI Designation and Research Medical Center Level I STEMI Center Designation.

In 2015, the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services announced similar TCD designations for stroke care. Lee’s Summit Medical Center is recognized as a Level II TCD Stroke Center, providing definitive care to high volumes of stroke patients within the region.

For more information on the Missouri Time Critical Diagnosis System visit https://health.mo.gov/living/healthcondiseases/chronic/tcdsystem/index.php.

For more information about Lee’s Summit Medical Center and its robust family of services, visit https://leessummitmedicalcenter.com.