COLUMBUS, Ohio, April 28, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- At the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care's 19th Congress, the Deputy Heart Attack Program will present the 2015 Early Heart Attack Care (EHAC) People of the Year awards to Barbara Charles and Jennifer Weeks. Barbara Charles, RN, BSN, CCCC, is the Cardiology Service Line Director at the San Juan Regional Medical Center. Jennifer Weeks, EMT, RN, BSN, CLNC, CCPC, is the EMS Liaison and CV Coordinator at University Health Care System. The Deputy Heart Attack Program disseminates Early Heart Attack Care education in order reduce the cardiovascular mortality rate in the United States.
"In previous years, we've only selected one recipient for the EHAC Person of the Year," said SCPC and EHAC Founder, Dr. Raymond Bahr. "However, this year there was a tie when we took the vote, so we decided to give the award to Ms. Charles and Ms. Weeks due to their amazing work with Early Heart Attack Care. This past year, EHAC grew by leaps and bounds—achieving a major milestone of over 500,000 EHAC Pledges— and this is due to the efforts of all of the nominees. The life-saving message is being communicated by the hard work and dedication of Ms. Charles and Ms. Weeks. Their passion and commitment to the EHAC mission converts the message into actionable steps that show people how to save each other."
Wil Mick, Vice President of Accreditation Services, agrees, "Although EHAC is an essential component to a hospital's accreditation, Ms. Charles and Ms. Weeks expanded their outreach by creating a plan that positively impacts the heart-saving efforts in their communities. Their work embraces Dr. Bahr's central message—that the majority of heart attacks occur in the community. In order to save lives, we must get the message beyond the doors of a hospital."
In addition to Ms. Charles and Ms. Weeks, the Deputy Heart Attack Program also named three 2015 EHAC Honorees:
- Katherine Cunningham, BA, RN, CHFN, CCCC of Cabell Huntington Hospital in Huntington, West Virginia
- Bridget Gilley, RN, MSN, CCCC, of St. Vincent's Health System in Birmingham, Alabama
- Jamie Moore, RN, CCCC, of Trinity Mother Frances Hospital in Tyler, Texas
The Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care (SCPC) is an international, nonprofit organization that focuses on transforming cardiovascular care by assisting facilities in their efforts to create cardiovascular centers of excellence that deliver quality care and patient satisfaction in a cost sensitive environment. As the accreditation services arm of the American College of Cardiology, SCPC offers individual hospitals and hospital systems the support needed to effectively reduce variations of care and bridge existing gaps in treatment. Through its collaboration with actively engaged, multidisciplinary teams, SCPC is Taking Science to the Bedside™ and improving outcomes in the management of heart disease.
For more information about SCPC's accreditation and certification opportunities, visit www.scpc.org, or call toll-free 1-877-271-4176.
SOURCE Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care (SCPC)