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Release Date: 02/02/2016

Kent Hospital will host an education program for RI EMS discussing 12-Lead EKG recognition of STEMI-Emergency Angioplasty Service on Thursday, February 4, 2016, 5:30 p.m. – 8 p.m., in the Doctors' Auditorium.

Kent Hospital recently began performing elective angioplasty and will soon begin emergency angioplasty upon the completion of its new cath lab. In anticipation of providing this critical, life-saving procedure, the EMS community is invited to join us for an important discussion on the topic of 12-Lead EKG recognition of STEMI.

Kent Hospital will welcome Bob Page, an international speaker and paramedic, who is an expert on the use of EKGs in the EMS setting. Page is known for his humor, high energy and advanced clinical knowledge gained from more than 35 years as a paramedic. His presentation is sure to be highly informative and important as Kent begins this new service. In addition to Mr. Page's presentation, attendees will also hear from Kent's Emergency Department staff and Care New England's cardiovascular service. There will also be a question and answer session.

Since the implementation of the coronary angioplasty program at Kent in August 2015, more than 50 successful procedures have been performed by interventional cardiologists, Ed Thomas, MD, and Ashish Shah, MD, along with a team of highly trained nurses, technicians and other clinical support staff, who have been participating in additional and intensive training both locally at Kent and at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston, a clinical affiliate with Care New England.

With the addition of the angioplasty program, Care New England Cardiovascular Care provides clinical expertise and treatment from basic cardiac health to all but the most complex. With access to cardiologists across the state, patients are presented with options on where to receive the most convenient care including Kent Hospital, Memorial Hospital the new Women's Heart Health of Women & Infants located downtown Providence, and offices located in Garden City. The cardiovascular service offers a full range of testing and evaluative services as well as advanced services such as cardiac arrhythmia, advanced valvular heart disease and heart failure clinic. For more information please visit Care New England Cardiovascular Care.

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About Kent Hospital

Kent Hospital, a Care New England Hospital, is a 359-bed, acute care hospital. It is Rhode Island’s second largest hospital, serving approximately 300,000 residents of central Rhode Island.

A teaching affiliate of The University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine, Kent offers programs in Emergency Medicine, Family Medicine, Internal Medicine and an Undersea and Hyperbaric Medicine Fellowship. Kent’s redesigned Emergency Department (ED) sees approximately 70,000 patients a year and ranks Kent’s ED volume among the top 10-percent nationally. It was the first hospital in the state to eliminate the practice of ambulance diversion.

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