HeartWatch Rapid Response Team

The sooner heart attacks are treated, the better the outcome. Our HeartWatch program facilitate the diagnosis of heart attacks at the scene.

Fourteen advanced ambulances are equipped with 12-lead EKG machines to diagnose a heart attack at the scene. The patient's EKG is transmitted via fax, phone or Bluetooth wireless technology to our Emergency Department.

While the ambulance is en route to the Hospital, our HeartWatch Team -- physicians, cardiologists, cardiac catheterization and intervention lab staff -- is activated, preparing for the patient's arrival.

"We're a mobile emergency room when it comes to treating a heart patient," says Kevin Altman, EMS ambulance paramedic. "We cover 110 square miles in north county and we run almost 30,000 calls a year and see a lot of cardiac and respiratory patients."

Christian Hospital exceeds all state and national best practice averages related to Emergency Department care for heart attack and congestive heart failure, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

For more information on the HeartWatch Team, contact Christian Hospital at 314.747.WELL.