STEMI System

The Northeast Georgia Regional STEMI System is a collaboration between NGMC’s Emergency Rooms, Cath Lab and EMS departments in 18 counties designed to treat your heart attack as quickly as possible. We boast some of the fastest heart attack response times in the nation.

Here’s how it works:

  • EMS workers transmit your EKG from the ambulance to the Emergency Room while you are en route.
  • On-call physicians read the EKG to determine if you’re suffering a particularly severe heart attack, known as a STEMI (S-T Elevation Myocardial Infarction).
  • When you arrive at the hospital, a team is standing by to rush you past the ER and into the Cath Lab.
  • You are sedated as an interventional cardiologist clears the blockages in your arteries and restores blood flow to your heart.

A Model for STEMI Treatment in Georgia

Under the leadership of Northeast Georgia Medical Center, the Northeast Georgia Regional STEMI System has laid the foundation for coordinated out-of-hospital heart attack response in Georgia and is being used as a model nationwide. Since 2009, the Northeast Georgia Regional STEMI System has grown from a one-county, one-hospital service to an 18-county, 13-hospital service will all following the same treatment protocol. It has served as the driving force behind state legislation to establish cardiac care centers in Georgia and a three-level designation system for those centers.

Patient Testimonial | Jacob Stevens

Sixteen-year-old Jacob Stevens was launching pumpkins at a Halloween party when the launcher malfunctioned and a pumpkin hit him the chest. The situation became a matter of life and death. 

Patient Testimonial | Dee Meekison

Dee Meekison suffered a cardiac arrest at her home in Winder, Ga. 

Patient Testimonial | Floyd Petty

Floyd Petty suffered a massive heart attack masked as respiratory distress. If one component of the STEMI System failed, Floyd would die.

Patient Testimonial | Otis Jones

On Feb. 1, 2018, NGMC Braselton began offering percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI), the non-surgical treatment that opens blocked arteries to the heart. Otis Jones was the hospital’s first STEMI, or most severe type of heart attack, patient.

Patient Testimonial | LT. Rob Aldred

NGMC Barrow, NGMC Gainesville and STEMI System save a patient’s life.