St. Anthony’s cardiothoracic surgeons perform 500th procedure

Columbia, Ill. resident Jim Gummersheimer was working out at his local YMCA recently when he collapsed. He awakened at St. Anthony’s Medical Center, where he underwent a quadruple off-pump bypass procedure Dec. 16 with cardiothoracic surgeon Seiichi Noda, MD.

Jim’s left anterior descending artery or “widowmaker” was 100 percent blocked, and three other arteries were 90 percent blocked. Fast action by nurses and a paramedic working out at the YMCA that day restored Jim’s heartbeat by using an automated external defibrillator and chest compressions.

“This is an example of how important every step of a patient’s care is, from what happens before they get to the hospital until they get to the hospital, until they get to the operating room,” Dr. Noda said. “This particular scenario has a 75-percent chance of the patient dying before they ever get to the hospital.”

Jim Gummersheimer now is doing well. His heart bypass procedure marked the 500th heart surgery of the cardiothoracic surgery program of St. Anthony’s Heart and Vascular Institute. Its first patient, Michael Albers, underwent a coronary artery bypass grafting procedure a year and a half ago.

“I knew my life was in good hands,” Michael said.

Since it was established, St. Anthony’s cardiothoracic surgery practice has implemented the transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) procedure. Dr. Noda’s partner, Umraan Ahmad, MD, was part of the original U.S. trials to develop the technology in 2008 and has performed hundreds of the procedures. The practice also started the off-pump heart bypass program and the practice of rapid extubation, or awakening the patient and removing the breathing tube while still in the operating room.

“We’re just really excited to bring this level of cardiac surgery to St. Anthony’s and to be able to bring these new technologies into the hospital,” Dr. Noda said. “We’ve been able to develop a practice where we’ve been able to give people the care that they require while offering the highest technology that medicine has to offer.”
Dr. Ahmad agreed.

“Five hundred operations is a sign of the hard work everyone is doing at St. Anthony’s Medical Center,” Dr. Ahmad said. “Beyond Dr. Noda and myself and our staff, this includes our cardiologists, cardiac anesthesiologists, perfusionists, nurse practitioners, Operating Room staff and nurses, hospital nursing staff and Intensive Care Unit staff. I’m excited to do another 500.”


Next blood drive is Wednesday, Jan. 25

The American Red Cross has announced an urgent need for blood and platelet donations to help prevent a shortage of blood products this January. St. Anthony’s next American Red Cross Blood Drive is planned from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 25, in the hospital cafeteria. To schedule an appointment, visit redcrossblood.org and enter SAMC or call 1-800-RED CROSS. Walk-ins are welcome, but appointments take priority. All donors must present a photo ID.


SAMC Competency Center goes live Jan. 16

For years, St. Anthony’s staffers have taken educational courses through HealthStream that provide instruction and training to help them do their jobs successfully. However, assessing these employees on the competencies necessary to do their jobs—the knowledge, skills and behaviors needed to carry out this learning successfully—has been a challenge at SAMC.
That’s why, in July 2016, the Department of Professional Practice and Staff Development extended its partnership with HealthStream through the purchase of the HealthStream Competency Center. Over the past six months, they have built a structure for competency assessment, and five managers have stepped forward to lead the way.

The goals for the Competency Program include:
• Develop competent, confident people in each role of the organization
• Build a culture of coaching for recognition and improvement
• Streamline, standardize and automate the competency assessment process

On Jan. 16, Endoscopy, Medical Telemetry, PACU, Pre-Surgical Assessment/Same-Day Surgery and Care Management will begin assessing themselves on the technical, critical thinking and interpersonal skills that make up the competency selected for their departments. Additional departments will follow. The goal is to have 75 percent of SAMC staff with a documented competency in the Competency Center by Sept. 30, 2017. If you have questions about the competency center process, please contact the Department of Professional Practice and Staff Development at ext. 1250.


Caring for generations advertising campaign launches

St. Anthony’s is launching a new version of its “Caring for Generations” advertising campaign beginning Jan. 9. The campaign will feature two 30-second TV commercials. One spot will focus on our physicians, encouraging the public to call 314-ANTHONY to request an appointment with a St. Anthony’s doctor. The second spot will focus on St. Anthony’s Heart and Vascular services.

The next campaign is natural extension of the brand and tag line,” said Dennis Holter, Vice President of Business Development, Marketing and the Charitable Foundation. “It enables us to focus attention on our physicians as well as a clinical service line. We experienced wonderful patient volume growth since the last campaign and we envision a similar outcome in the upcoming campaign."

In addition to the television spots, the campaign will also feature outdoor billboards, print ads, radio commercials, digital ads and new banners at South County Center.

The campaign is scheduled to run through the end of June. To view the ads, visit the home page of SamCare.

The campaign will be seen on the following media outlets:

Cable TV: Various channels on Charter Cable and AT&T U-verse, DirecTV and Dish Network

Network TV: 30-second spots will run throughout the day, evening and prime time, including local news
NBC – Channel 5
CBS – Channel 4
Fox – Channel 2
ABC – Channel 30
WB – Channel 11

KEZK – 102.5
KYKY – 98.1
KMOX – 1120
KLOU – 103.3
WARH – 106.5
WIL – 92.3
Pandora radio

Various websites

Webster-Kirkwood Times
South County Times
Jefferson County Leader
Arnold-Imperial Leader
West Side Leader
St. Louis Business Journal
St. Louis Magazine