Kansas City, MOWHO:  HCA Midwest Health System

EMS Week 2014 Great Save Events

Wednesday, May 21; Thursday, May 22; and Friday, May 23

Centerpoint Medical Center; Overland Park Regional Medical Center; and Research Medical Center—all part of HCA Midwest Health System, Kansas City’s leading healthcare and emergency services provider.

:  HCA Midwest Health System marks National EMS Week 2014 by celebrating and honoring the EMS practitioners serving the Greater Kansas City area.

“We salute EMS professionals and honor the dedication of those who provide day-to-day life-saving emergency care on the front line, treating people where they live, work and play,” says Susie Law, Vice President Clinical Operations, HCA Midwest Health System.  “Area emergency medical providers are critical members of our hospitals’ medical teams, helping us save lives and increasing the chances of recovery for seriously ill and injured patients.  We are proud to call them our partners.”



Noon, Wed., May 21:  Overland Park Regional Medical Center, 10500 Quivira Road, Overland Park, Kan., 66215

Dennis Marquardt’s wife, Peri, called 9-1-1 at 2:30 a.m. in June 2013 when she couldn’t wake him. “He was making strange noises, and when I turned on the light, he was gray,” says Peri, an Overland Park resident.  The dispatcher on the other end of the phone coached her through live-saving CPR until the ambulance arrived within minutes.  EMS first responders administered CPR again, and shocked Dennis’s heart four times before transporting him to Overland Park Regional Medical Center (OPRMC), a Level II Regional Trauma Center and Accredited Chest Pain Center, where Aaron Doonan, MD, Cardiologist, performed six bypasses.  Wednesday’s Great Save event at OPRMC will be the first time Dennis will meet the EMS first responders and the hospital staff who helped save his life.  “I owe them a debt of gratitude,” says Dennis, the heart attack survivor.

3 p.m., Thurs., May 22:  Centerpoint Medical Center, 19600 East 39th St., Independence, Mo., 64057

Pamela and Carl Bryant’s lives were forever changed on Jan. 21, 2014 when a neighbor approached their Independence home and shot both of them at close range.  The husband and wife arrived by ambulance at Centerpoint Medical Center, eastern Jackson County’s only Level II Trauma Center, where they underwent surgery for multiple injuries.  Following lengthy hospital stays, the couple transferred to a rehabilitation facility where they continue to participate in physical, occupational, and speech therapy together.  The Bryant’s are anxious to meet the first responders who came to their home in January and stabilized them prior to transporting them to Centerpoint Medical Center.

10 a.m., Fri., May 23:  Research Medical Center, 2316 E. Meyer Blvd., Kansas City, Mo., 64132

Monique Hardy of Independence was involved in a high-speed car accident in Warrensburg on Nov. 11, 2013. The car struck a tree and pinned Hardy in the vehicle at her waist. EMS responders contacted Life Flight Eagle (LFE) and worked for two hours to extricate Hardy from the wreckage. She was transferred to the care of LFE and transported to Research Medical Center (RMC), a Level 1 Trauma Facility, where Heather Klepacz, MD and the trauma team cared for the trauma patient. Hardy is excited to meet the first responders and RMC staff who stabilized her immediately following the accident that took the lives of two companions.