Centerpoint Medical Center
February 05, 2018

WHO: Patients Roger Gault and Dana Hills and EMS crews, among others.

WHAT: Heart & Stroke Great Save Event

WHEN: 3 p.m. – 5 p.m. Monday, Feb. 5, 2018

Media interviews: B-roll at 3 p.m. during ceremony; interviews following ceremony at 3:45

WHERE: Centerpoint Medical Center, East Auditorium, 19600 East 39th St., Independence, Mo. 64057


WHY: Centerpoint Medical Center will honor and reunite First Responders and medical staff with two patients whose lives were saved due to quick and courageous actions.

“This Great Save allows us to recognize the remarkable collaborative efforts made each day in delivering high-quality, compassionate healthcare to patients such as Roger Gault and Dana Hills,” says Centerpoint Medical Center Chief Executive Officer David Williams. “We want to gather these patients—each who came to us under very different circumstances—and their families and reunite them with their care teams. It’s a powerful example of the continuum of healthcare.”

“Our emergency team has the privilege of working every day with Kansas City’s First Responders who represent some of the most skilled professionals and most compassionate hearts in healthcare,” says Centerpoint Medical Center Director of Emergency Services Michael Museousky, D.O. “Their work in helping patients is nothing short of heroic. It’s humbling and gratifying to see what true teamwork does—often giving a patient another chance at life.”

Centerpoint Medical Center, which is Eastern Jackson County’s only Level II Trauma Center, is part of HCA Midwest Health—Kansas City’s leading healthcare provider and provider of Emergency Services.  Centerpoint Medical Center is a Certified Primary Stroke Center, a Certified Advanced Heart Failure Center and an Accredited Chest Pain Center. For more information, visit .

Patients who will be recognized at the Heart & Stroke Great Save event include:

Roger Gault, 85, Independence, Stroke:  Gault was at home on March 29, 2017, with his wife, Georgia, when he developed a sudden onset of right facial droop, difficulty speaking, right upper extremity and left upper extremity weakness—classic stroke symptoms. Within 15 minutes of Georgia calling 911, American Medical Response emergency services arrived. Emergency medical technicians quickly assessed Gault and found him to be positive for stroke-like symptoms. An electrocardiogram heart test was performed in the field, indicating Gault’s heartbeat to be in an abnormal rhythm, or atrial fibrillation, which allows blood to abnormally pool in the heart chambers, causing blood clots. When blood pressure rises, a clot can break off and travel to the brain, causing a stroke.

Upon arriving at Centerpoint Medical Center by emergency transport, Gault was unable to tell staff his name or birthday. Nicole Cloutier, DO., Emergency Room physician, nurses and Lori Noorollah, M.D., Neurologist, quickly performed a stroke test, called the National Institute of Health Stroke Scale, and found it was 10, the highest on the scale. Just 43 minutes after he arrived at Centerpoint Medical Center, the emergency healthcare team, administered to Gault a clot-busting medication. The national average for door-to-needle time is 60 minutes.

Minutes after receiving the drug, Gault started to show improvement—lifting his right arm, demonstrating strength in his grip and naming objects. Three days later, with a Stroke Scale score registering a one, Gault was discharged to go home. Thanks to the fast and efficient care he received from EMS crews and the Centerpoint Medical Center emergency healthcare team, Gault required no further health or rehabilitation services.

Dana Hills, 54, Independence, Heart Attack: At 6:30 p.m. on May 5, 2017, Craig Hills witnessed his wife collapse at home. He began performing CPR and, when she didn’t respond, called 9-1-1. The Independence Fire Department arrived minutes prior to the ambulance and emergency medical technicians, who attached an AED device which delivered a shock to Hills’ heart. Because she didn’t register a pulse and wasn’t breathing, the EMTs resumed CPR. When American Medical Response arrived, they initiated advanced cardiac life support, defibrillating Hills twice. At Centerpoint Medical Center, Jay Pemberton, D.O., Emergency Medicine physician, and his team, prepared Hills for the cath lab where Alfonso Martinez, M.D., Pulmonologist, inserted a stent; Hills then received an angioplasty and a balloon pump to support blood flow through the heart and circulatory system. She was transferred from the cath lab to the ICU where she remained for several days as Paul Nager, M.D., Cardiologist, worked to keep her blood pressure up. It was 81 minutes from the time of Hills’ arrival to the Emergency Department to when her occluded artery was opened—90 minutes is the national standard.

Nine days after her heart stopped, Hills was discharged from Centerpoint Medical Center to resume life with her family. The First Responders and healthcare team—including nurses, physicians, respiratory therapists, cath lab and physical and occupational therapists—worked quickly and collaboratively to allow Hills another chance at life.