Pictured from left to right: Vanessa Salinas, RN, CLRMC Cardiac Cath Lab; Christy Hernandez, RN, CLRMC Cardiac Cath Lab; Jon Clingaman, Jr., Operations Manager for Acadian Ambulance Service; Jacob Malone, EMT for Acadian Ambulance Service; Tianna Cloud, Paramedic, Acadian Ambulance Service; Dr. Rakesh Shah, Cardiologist; Herman Hartman, Cardiac Survivor; Linda Hartman, Wife of Survivor; Monica Crockett, Surgical Tech, CLRMC Cardiac Cath Lab; Pattie Collins, RN, CLRMC Cardiac Cath Lab; Stephen K. Jones, CEO, CLRMC

Critical Care Patient Reunites with EMS Crew, First Responders and Hospital Staff Who Saved His Life Clear Lake Regional Medical Center Recognizes EMS Crew and First Responders

Clear Lake Regional Medical Center presented plaques of appreciation to the Acadian Ambulance First Responders and hospital staff who saved heart patient Herman Hartman's life in a Cardiac Survivor Reunion ceremony on April 30. The ceremony was also Hartman's first reunion with the Center's Heart and Vascular hospital since his discharge.

Clear Lake Regional Medical Center Cardiologist Rakesh Shah, M.D., John Clingaman, Operations Manager for Houston Area Acadian, and Clear Lake Regional Medical Center CEO, Stephen K. Jones were also in attendance.

"I will forever be grateful to Acadian Ambulance and Clear Lake Regional Medical Center," said Hartman, who has recovered fully. "Being able to receive high-quality healthcare close to home saved my life."

The 72-year old retiree woke up around 1:30 a.m. one February night with excruciating chest pain, he recalled. His wife, Linda, gave him two aspirins and drove him to the closest emergency service center: HealthOne 24 Hour Emergency Care - Pearland.

An electrocardiogram (EKG) was performed and the results were transmitted via LIFENET to Clear Lake Regional Medical Center (CLRMC). The “Code STEMI” protocol was immediately activated, in which EMS personnel are trained to communicate with hospital personnel and utilize equipment such as a portable electrocardiogram (EKG) to transmit EKG’s to the hospital STEMI team (interventional cardiologists, cardiovascular nurses, and technicians).

STEMI stands for ST-Segment Elevation Myocardial Infarction, a severe heart attack caused by clotting in one or more arteries.

While being transported to Clear Lake Regional Medical Center's Heart & Vascular Hospital--the only exclusive heart hospital south of downtown Houston and a leader in cardiovascular care-- Hartman suffered cardiac arrest and was immediately defibrillated.

Thanks to Acadian Ambulance Service, Hartman's pulse was re-established before arriving at the hospital. Dr. Rakesh Shah and the STEMI Team received Hartman at the hospital and transported him directly to the Cath Lab. The rapid assessment at HealthOne Pearland and integrated cardiac response between Acadian Ambulance and Clear Lake Regional Medical Center led to immediate treatment decisions which not only saved Hartman's life, but also minimized heart muscle damage.

"When Acadian Ambulance EMTs and paramedics are working in concert with nurses, emergency physicians and cardiologists, the result is a finely tuned routine that can dramatically reduce the amount of heart damage a person could suffer during a heart attack, " said Stephen Jones, CEO, Clear Lake Regional Medical Center. "The sooner a person recognizes they are experiencing the symptoms of a heart attack and calls for help (9-1-1), the better the outcome."

CLRMC's Cardiac Catheterization Lab is available 24/7 with an Interventional Cardiologist on call to perform this lifesaving procedure. For more information, please contact Rita Cunningham at 281-338-3826.

Pictured from left to right: Dr. Rakesh Shah, Cardiologist and Herman Hartman, Cardiac Survivor

About Clear Lake Regional Medical Center

Clear Lake Regional Medical Center is a full-service hospital offering inpatient and outpatient medical, surgical and specialty services. The campus includes The Heart & Vascular Hospital, Breast Diagnostic Center, Wound Care Center, a level III Neonatal ICU, the area’s only Pediatric Emergency Department and Pediatric ICU, and a comprehensive range of services for patients of all ages. With a medical staff of more than 850, Clear Lake Regional Medical Center employs more than 2,100 medical professionals and has served the community for more than 40 years. In 2013, Clear Lake Regional Medical Center invested $92 million in an expansion and renovation project that enhanced services to better serve the Bay Area Houston community. For more information, call 281-332-2511 or visit online at www.clearlakermc.com. For the latest news and updates, visit our website www.clearlakermc.com or stay connected with us on Facebook and Twitter.