St. Anthony's Certified as Level One STEMI Center


Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Every 40 seconds, someone in the United States suffers a heart attack.

St. Anthony’s is among the first group of hospitals to be certified by the state of Missouri as a Level One STEMI (ST­Elevation Myocardial Infarction) Center, the highest level of cardiac care available.

ST ­Elevation Myocardial Infarction is a very serious type of heart attack during which one of the heart's major arteries (one of the arteries that supplies oxygen and nutrient-­rich blood to the heart muscle) is blocked. Because of the risk of death and disability, patients experiencing a STEMI need quick care.

The new STEMI certification is the result of a state law that gives the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services the authority to create designated STEMI centers which meet standards to provide definitive and timely treatment for patients with life-­threatening heart attacks. The department’s Time Critical Diagnosis System brings together the 911 emergency response systems, hospitals and emergency responders to provide a more efficient continuum of care for heart attack, trauma and stroke victims.

“We all worked very hard in getting ready for our visit from the site team, which included two physicians and two nurses,” noted Cindy Ems­-Scherrer, RN, MSN, CCRN, STEMI coordinator at St. Anthony’s. “After reviewing our entire system, they found no deficiencies, of which we’re very proud.”

Four other Mercy hospitals also are on the list – Mercy Hospital Jefferson, Mercy Hospital Joplin, MercyHospital Springfield and Mercy Hospital St. Louis.

As part of the Level One certification, St. Anthony’s has a STEMI team that is available 24 hours a day, within 30 minutes of activation, to assess patients and start treatment. St. Anthony’s is in line with Mercy STEMI centers in Missouri, which have a median doo-r­to-­balloon time of less than 55.5 minutes. This is markedly lower than the 90-­minute recommendation.

The team is led by Dr. Michael Goldmeier, STEMI medical director, and includes cardiologists, emergency physicians, intensivists and specially trained nurses. That team is activated before the patient arrives when emergency crews notify the Emergency Department about an incoming STEMI patient. The Emergency Department is able to receive electrocardiograms from crews in the field and transmit them by phone to the cardiologist.

The STEMI team is busy at work on further improvements to the care process, Cindy said. These include arranging for the Closed-Door Pharmacy to fill prescriptions for patients’ required medications, so that they have them, and not just a prescription, when they walk out the door.

“Our work is not yet done,” Cindy said. “We’re trying to make the best experience for the patient as well as for the family.”


Extraordinary Efforts Honored with Life Saving Awards



Donna Frazier, MBA, BSN, RN, CENP, Chief Nursing Officer, speaks during the East Central Region Life Saving Awards event on Wednesday, May 16 at Orlando Gardens.

The trauma team and the stroke team at St. Anthony’s Medical Center each earned awards at the seventh annual East Central Region Life Saving Awards.

The teams were honored along with first responders and dispatchers whose exceptional efforts saved lives over the past year.

St. Anthony’s trauma team was honored with a Saving Our Own Award, along with Rock Township Ambulance District, Rock Community Fire Protection District, Arnold Police Department and Jefferson County 911 Dispatch, for the extraordinary efforts to save the life of Arnold police officer Ryan O’Connor. Officer O’Connor’s wife, Barb, was on hand to meet and thank everyone involved in saving her husband’s life after he was shot in the head in December 2017. Barb shared her story and her thanks with KTVI Fox 2 in a story you can watch here.

St. Anthony’s stroke team was honored with a Life Threatening Event Award, along with Mehlville Fire Protection District and Central County 911 Dispatch, for their efforts to save David Weilbaecher. David and his wife attended the ceremony to thank everyone involved with caring for him after he suffered a stroke. David underwent a mechanical removal of his clot and has no symptoms of the stroke he suffered in January 2018.

Donna Frazier, MBA, BSN, RN, CENP, Chief Nursing Officer, spoke during the event on Wednesday, May 16 at Orlando Gardens. She shared with the audience of first responders a message about the importance of teamwork between first responders and hospitals, and the importance of knowing what services are available at a hospital such as St. Anthony’s, which serves the community as a trauma center, stroke center and STEMI center.


Meet the Leader: Bill Hoefer


Bill is chief operating officer at St. Anthony's/Mercy.
How would you describe your role at Mercy and at St. Anthony’s?

My daughter once asked me, “Daddy what do you do at work?” My answer was that my job is to make sure the parking lot is full and everyone is smiling. While a simplified answer, it is true. My job is to work with a great team to help make St. Anthony’s a place where people want to be because of the high quality services and great experiences we offer patients, their families, our coworkers and our medical staff. My role is to make sure we are meeting the health care needs of all in our community and to make sure we maintain the trust of all who come to us for care.

What do you enjoy most about your job?

I love meeting and helping people. Rounding throughout the hospital brings me great pleasure because of all of the human interactions.

What do you find most challenging about it?

The most challenging aspect of my role is finding ways to bring all of the right people together to provide exceptional care for our patients in an environment that is so challenged with limited financial resources. Reimbursements are going down, our costs are going up, and the care we provide is becoming more and more sophisticated which requires having the best people and technology for our team. While this is a challenge, the impact we have on our community is exciting.

How long have you been part of Mercy?

I have been a Mercy co­-worker and leader for ten months and with St. Anthony’s for about two and a half years and have loved every minute of it.

What’s the best thing about being part of Mercy?

The best part of joining Mercy has been the people I have met. Every individual I have met is genuinely focused on offering compassionate care and exceptional service to every person who walks in our doors. St. Anthony’s and Mercy are a great match. I find Mercyy’s commitment to our community, our co­workers, and our medical staff genuine, consistent, and refreshing.

What do you find most exciting/energizing about the affiliation between St. Anthony’s and Mercy?

The most exciting part of the affiliation between St. Anthony’s and Mercy is that Mercy is so steadfastly committed to taking care of our community here in our community. Mercy wants St. Anthony’s to thrive and grow and that is what our community and co­workers need. 

Where are you from originally?

Although I was born in Cincinnati, Ohio, I grew up through high school in Sarasota, Florida.

What is your favorite kind of food?

My Achilles heel is food so there is not much I do not like. If I were to pick my all-­time favorite it would either be sushi or my mom’s homemade French Silk Pie.

Describe your favorite vacation – where you went and who accompanied you.

A couple years ago our family visited Costa Rica. The scenery and Costa Rican people made this my favorite vacation of all time.

What’s your favorite way to spend time away from work?

With my family at a Cardinals or Blues game or snow skiing out West probably put the biggest smile on my face.

Tell us a little about your family: Spouse? Children? Grandchildren? Pets?

Melissa (who is a pharmacist at Mercy STL) and I married almost 20 years ago in May and we have three awesome kids (Abbie, who volunteers here at SAMC in the summer; Reiley; and William). We moved back to St. Louis from 17 years in Virginia six years ago and our church home is Salem United Methodist Church. We are a busy family with soccer, baseball, volleyball, field hockey, piano, tennis, art class, Kumon, and gymnastics. And when we are lucky to find some free time Melissa and I love trying out new restaurants around town. I have an entire family that is far more athletic and creative than I am…..so I have lots of entertainment to keep me busy away from the hospital.

What would others be surprised to learn about you (that you don’t mind revealing)?

I am probably happiest when outside and over the years I have hiked, fished, and canoed all across North America from as far south as the Florida Keys to as far north as Churchill, Manitoba. Some of my best friends and I also hiked Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania in 2011 and that experience was humbling and a good reminder that Mother Nature is always in control.