Cardiovascular disease remains the number one killer of Americans and is responsible for 17 percent of our nation’s health care expenditures. The life expectancy of patients with cardiovascular disease has increased, demonstrating there is value in these expenditures. To plan for the future, it is critical that we understand the challenges we face in cardiovascular disease.
Despite unprecedented changes taking place in health care today, Munson Medical Center remains strong. At the core of Munson Medical Center’s success is the top quality Webber Heart Center. With 127 beds, the 128,000-square-foot Webber Heart Center provides inpatient services for nearly 5,000 cardiac patients every year. This accounts for more than 25 percent of all admissions to the hospital.
The three things critical to maintaining Munson’s top quality are: state-of-the-art facilities, advanced technology, and the best and brightest clinical staff. All three of these essential elements are necessary to provide programs and services to people in rural communities. The costs of acquiring technology and developing and enhancing top programs are staggering.
Cardiac Care Technology
When you or a loved one dials 9-1-1 for chest pain, every moment is critical.
Currently, if a patient is having chest pain an advanced life support ambulance has to intercept the initial responder so that an echocardiogram (ECG) can be done on the patient while on route to the hospital. The results of this test are transmitted directly to the hospital to be interpreted by an emergency room physician. In the event the patient is experiencing a massive heart attack, they can get them in to the catheterization lab in less than 90 minutes. Installing a 12-lead ECG in every basic and limited life support ambulance in the seven counties in northern Michigan, will ensure those suffering from chest pain get the fastest treatment possible no matter where they live in northern Michigan.
We need to install 25 Readylink™ 12-lead ECG in every basic and limited life support ambulance in the seven counties in northern Michigan. The total cost is $180,000 or $7,200 per device.