Henry Ford Wyandotte Hospital Bridges Budget Gap in Community

September 15, 2011

Hospital Provides EKG Transmission and Receiving Systems to Local Fire Departments

Henry Ford Wyandotte Hospital is continuing its commitment in providing excellent care to the Downriver region with its recent donation of portable 12-lead EKG devices to four fire departments. Firefighters and emergency response personnel from Allen Park, Lincoln Park and Wyandotte will now be equipped with LifePak 15 monitor/ defibrillators courtesy of the Hospital and its volunteer Auxiliary.

The new EKG devices will replace existing older equipment for the fire departments, many of which are forced with undergoing financial difficulties. The devices allow for emergency responders and hospital staff to provide quicker and more efficient care to heart attack patients.

“The better the communication between the emergency response team, the hospital and our cardiology staff, the better outcomes there is for the patient,” says Thomas McKeown, M.D., medical director of the Emergency Department at Henry Ford Wyandotte Hospital. “This donation is just another example of Henry Ford Wyandotte Hospital’s commitment to the Downriver community and the partnerships we have with our local fire departments.”

Fire departments will now be able to perform pre-hospital EKGs and electronically transmit the results directly to hospital ER and on-call cardiologists’ mobile devices. Upon review of the EKG, the hospital will mobilize its cardiac catheterization team in advance of the patient’s arrival to the emergency room.

The LifePak devices, a $203,000 investment, will be paid for by a two-year commitment from the Volunteer Auxiliary-staffed Henry Ford Wyandotte Hospital Gift Shop. The gift shop recently completed a three-year commitment in which was allocated for the purchase of the digital mammography machine at Henry Ford Health Center – Brownstown.

“With our current budget cuts, we would not be able to invest in updating our technology,” says Michael MacDonald, chief of the Wyandotte Fire Department. “We are very thankful to Henry Ford Wyandotte Hospital’s generous donation. These devices will definitely improve patient care across the board.”

As one of the area’s busiest and most experienced centers in the diagnosis and non-surgical treatment of cardiac disorders and diseases, Henry Ford Wyandotte Hospital offers high-quality expertise in an environment that is centered around the community. No matter how symptoms are presented, the Emergency Department at Henry Ford Wyandotte Hospital is ready for rapid, advanced testing and treatment 24 hours a day, seven days a week. This department provides patients with comprehensive acute care for cardiac and vascular diseases; and emergency experts seeing over 65,000 patient visits per year – making Henry Ford Wyandotte Hospital’s ER the most experienced in the area.

The physicians, nurses and technicians of the Heart and Vascular Services team have been specially trained to provide rapid, highly specialized cardiac care. The Hospital team is supported by the large network of specialists that make up Henry Ford Health System – one of the top health systems in the country, allowing the hospital to support the Downriver community when they need it most.