Northeast Georgia Medical Center Hosts 6th Annual Northeast Georgia Regional STEMI Summit

Published: Friday, March 14, 2014

GAINESVILLE, Ga. – Nationally-recognized experts in cardiac resuscitation and acute stroke management provided care teams across the region with up-to-date information about the treatment of stroke, severe heart attacks and cardiac arrest at the 6th Annual Northeast Georgia Regional STEMI Summit.

Hosted each year by Northeast Georgia Medical Center (NGMC) in Gainesville, the Northeast Georgia Regional STEMI Summit brings together paramedics, EMS staff, nurses and doctors from across the state.  They meet to discuss the state of the Northeast Georgia Regional STEMI System – a collaborative effort between Northeast Georgia Medical Center and EMS in 17 counties across the region to provide fast and efficient treatment to patients who suffer a severe heart attack known as STEMI (ST Segment Elevation Myocardial Infarction).

“STEMI heart attacks are among the most serious because one of the heart’s major arteries is blocked for a prolonged period of time,” says J. Jeffrey Marshall, MD, an interventional cardiologist with Northeast Georgia Heart Center and medical director of Cardiac Cath Labs at NGMC.  “Every second counts for STEMI patients.”

Northeast Georgia Regional STEMI System allows care teams to react more quickly, in a more coordinated way, because information about the heart attack is sent from the ambulance to the hospital while the patient is still en route.

Keynote speakers at this year’s Summit were two of the nation’s leading experts in the study of cardiac resuscitation and acute stroke management:


Peter J. Kudenchuk, MD

Professor of Medicine
Division of Cardiology/Arrhythmia Services, University of Washington

Associate Medical Director
King County Emergency Medical Services
Public Health-Seattle/King County


Adnan H. Siddiqui, MD, PhD, FAHA –   

Vice Chairman & Associate Professor
Director of Neuroendovascular Fellowship
Director of Research
Department of Neurosurgery
University at Buffalo

Director of Neurosurgical Stroke Service
Kaleida Health

Director Training & Education
Jacobs Institute

“The STEMI Summit continues to attract distinguished keynote speakers year after year, says Tom Edwards, director of Heart & Vascular Services at NGMC.  “We are committed to delivering quality continuing education about STEMI heart attacks that improves the coordination of care for our patients and increases their chance for survival.”

In addition to notable keynote speakers and engaging breakout sessions, a portion of the STEMI Summit featured cardiac arrest and STEMI survivors who were reunited with their care teams.

“This is a very meaningful part of the Summit,” says Mohak Davé, MD, chief of the Department of Emergency Medicine at NGMC and medical director for Georgia Region II EMS and White County EMS.  “We are fortunate to live in a region with EMS personnel who deliver exceptional pre-hospital care to STEMI, stroke and cardiac arrest patients.”

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Northeast Georgia Medical Center (NGMC) is rated Georgia’s #1 heart hospital by CareChex, a rating service of COMPARION®.  NGMC is also one of the nation’s 100 Top Hospitals according to a study recently released by Truven Health.