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  • LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

  • An April 14 Mail Tribune article incorrectly stated that Asante RRMC has Medford's only cardiac catheterization lab. In fact, Providence Medford Medical Center also has cardiac catheterization labs, and has had a coronary intervention program since 2007.
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  • An April 14 Mail Tribune article incorrectly stated that Asante RRMC has Medford's only cardiac catheterization lab. In fact, Providence Medford Medical Center also has cardiac catheterization labs, and has had a coronary intervention program since 2007.
    Providence provides high quality cardiac care, including emergency heart attack care 24/7. We are proud to have achieved the highest rate of rapid heart attack (STEMI) care in the region, with 94 percent of our patients undergoing a procedure to open a blocked artery within 90 minutes — a gold standard of heart attack care.
    Medford is fortunate to have two excellent cardiac programs. Our EMS colleagues play a vital role in the time-sensitive window of care for heart attack patients. At Providence we strongly believe in the importance of early detection and treatment of heart attacks, and feel it is critical for EMS to transport patients to the nearest STEMI capable hospital.
    If you or a family member experiences heart attack symptoms, remember to direct EMS personnel to transport to the nearest STEMI capable hospital — of which Providence is proudly one. — Christopher Cannon, M.D., director, interventional cardiology; and Cory Bergey, D.O., medical director, emergency department
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