Last year, Henry Mayo Newhall Hospital faced its most challenging moments in the history of healthcare with the Covid-19 pandemic. At the same time, the dedicated team of healthcare professionals in our cardiovascular program were making a different kind of history for our independent nonprofit hospital.
A philanthropic expression of gratitude by Roberta Veloz nearly a decade ago was instrumental in giving rise to the expansion of Henry Mayo's cardiovascular services. Soon after, in December of 2013, Henry Mayo Newhall Hospital was designated a STEMI (ST- Elevation Myocardial Infarction) Receiving Center (SRC) by the Los Angeles County EMS agency. The primary treatment for a STEMI is a PCI, a cardiac procedure whereby balloon angioplasty, stents, or suction devices are used to open blockages in the coronary artery, and the faster this treatment is delivered, the better the chances of survival and minimizing long-term damage to the heart muscle.
In 2020, Henry Mayo was recognized for an outstanding “Door-to-PCI” time averaging 45 minutes, which is significantly faster than the national standard of 60 minutes. This is truly a remarkable achievement! Door-to-PCI time is the time between when a patient arrives in the Emergency Department and the time blood flow is reestablished in the artery.
The STEMI Program’s success is a collaborative effort that brings together emergency department staff, the Roberta G. Veloz Cardiovascular Center staff and our Fire Department and first responders, among others. “The unique nature of this program is enhanced by the fact that members of these departments are all part of the Santa Clarita Valley community and we have a vested interest in caring for the hearts of our neighbors, friends, co-workers, and family.” said Jennifer Whitcomb, Clinical Manager.
Join us in congratulating the Roberta G. Veloz Cardiovascular Center team!