On Wednesday, October 13, the South Central Affiliate of the American Heart Association announced a $3.5 million gift from the W.W. Caruth, Jr. Foundation of Communities of Texas Foundation.
The two-year project, which will be managed by AHA staff, will allow the AHA to work closely with all 17 hospitals and 23 EMS providers in the county to coordinate and streamline protocols and to reduce the amount of time it takes for heart attack patients to receive lifesaving treatment. This innovative regional collaboration will work to ensure equipment compatibility, consistent training and uniform protocols for both transporting and treating heart attack patients across the region. The grant also will allow for the first comprehensive and in-depth analysis of total heart attack patient care and system level performance in Dallas County, which will be known as the SOAR metric—Symptom Onset to Arterial Reperfusion.
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