Menorah Medical Center
September 15, 2015

WHO: Patient Douglas Oliver; First Responders; Ujjaval Patel, M.D., Cardiologist, and Chief Executive Officer Charles Laird, Menorah Medical Center

WHAT: Great Save

WHEN: 11 a.m., Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2015

WHERE: Conference Room 1, 5721 W. 119th St., Menorah Medical Center, Overland Park, Kan. PLEASE GO TO ENTRY A FOR MEDIA ESCORT

WHY: Home alone on Monday, June 22, Douglas Oliver—the picture of perfect health— started to have unusual symptoms while cleaning his yard of debris following a Sunday night storm. Feeling winded, the retired telecommunications engineer took a break and went inside to relax. However, Oliver felt worse after 10 minutes and, sweating profusely, called his daughter, alerting her to the possibility that he was having a heart attack. Oliver then called 9-1-1 and took an aspirin, as advised by the operator. Still coherent, Oliver waited for EMS crews on his front porch; he lost consciousness in the ambulance while being transported 1.5 miles to Menorah Medical Center. EMS crew shocked Oliver’s heart five times to keep him alive and, once at Menorah, the ER Cardiovascular and Cath team mobilized. Oliver’s life was saved due to the fast work of physicians and nurses at Menorah Medical Center, in partnership with the proactive work performed by EMS. 

The EMS crews and the ER team that cared for Oliver will be recognized on Wed., Sept. 16 during a Great Save. In addition, Oliver will share the moving story about how, when seconds count, First Responders and MMC ER physicians and nurses worked quickly to give him a second life.

“We were able to keep Douglas Oliver alive in this emergency situation due to the fast, quality work by our EMS partners,” Dr. Patel says. “And it’s important for people to understand a heart attack’s warning signs and call 9-1-1 when the situation arises, as Douglas did.”

“Having these Great Saves are important because they allow us to publicly thank the First Responders we work closely with every day,” says Charles Laird, Chief Executive Officer, Menorah Medical Center. “Just as our employees are dedicated to providing high-quality, compassionate healthcare, First Responders are committed to helping save lives, such as Douglas Oliver’s.”

Menorah Medical Center—part of HCA Midwest Health, Kansas City’s leading healthcare and heart care provider—is an Accredited Chest Pain Center and a community leader in heart care, with some of the area’s fastest door-to-balloon times.