Crossville Chronicle, Crossville, TN

Glade Sun

June 6, 2013

New programs for heart attack and stroke to be discussed at Neighborhood Watch meeting

CROSSVILLE — The summer meeting of the Fairfield Glade Neighborhood Watch Coalition (FGNWC) will be held at the FG Community and Conference Center on Thursday, June 13, from 9 a.m. – Noon. The feature presentation will explain the new Cumberland County programs for handling heart attack and stroke.

After calling 911, a Cumberland County paramedic tells you that your spouse needs to be sent to Cookeville or Chattanooga for immediate treatment. You have 2-3 minutes to respond. How much is transportation going to cost? Is it covered by my insurance? What will happen if I don’t follow that suggestion? If I do agree, will our Do Not Resuscitate (DNR) and other Vial of Life medical directives still be honored?

A new program in Cumberland County, following guidelines from the American Heart Association, has trained our County’s emergency paramedics to evaluate apparent heart attacks and strokes when responding to a 911 call. The program works with the Cookeville Regional Medical Center and Chattanooga Erlanger Hospital to ensure you or your loved one gets the right care immediately.

A heart attack victim will go to Cookeville and be seen upon arrival – not by an ER physician – but by a cardiologist. A stroke victim will go to Chattanooga and be seen immediately by a neurologist. The hospital staffs are in communication with the emergency personnel en route.

These programs can make a dramatic difference in the quality of life for you or your spouse.

However, if the emergency responders recommend your loved one be sent to either of these hospitals, please remember you will have only 2-3 minutes to make that decision. The time to be raising questions about this program is now.

This seminar will help you find out about the program, hear from experts and answer your questions.

all Fairfield Glade residents are invited and encouraged to attend, in addition to FGNWC coordinators and members of existing FFG neighborhood groups.

The agenda will consist of five items with plenty of time for questions and answers of the panel of experts following all the presentations.

The feature presentation is “Heart Attack & Stroke” – A presentation of a new Cumberland County Heart Attack and Stroke Program. 

Randy Davidson, CCEMS Paramedic Supervisor and Training Officer, will discuss what happens during a heart attack and stroke and what role Cumberland County EMS plays in the treatment process, as well as other options that the victim has available to them.

Secretary Don O’Dell will provide a brief review of critical health care documents on the FGNWC website –

The role of Medicare/Medicaid in these new Cumberland County programs will be addressed by Jeff Cavanaugh, Upper Cumberland SHIP. Cavanaugh will instruct on how to describe this program as you check with your insurance, plus other pertinent Medicare information.

Melanie Shada, estate planning and elder law, will speak on the Tennessee Physician Orders for Scope of Treatment (POST) form, Advanced Directives, Do Not Resuscitate (DNR) instructions, Vial of Life, Medical Power of Attorney, Living Wills and their relationship to these new Cumberland County programs.

Finally, Rebecca Foster, Executive Director of Quality and Patient Safety and Interim Chief Nursing Officer, will talk about CMC’s resources and procedures in executing the documented treatment wishes of patients and the steps to be taken should these patient wishes not be followed.

Questions from the audience will be entertained at the end of the program and will be directed to a panel of all the presenters.

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