St. Joseph Medcial Center to host free CPR & AED training classes
Kansas City, MO
02/13/2018 03:03 PM

Kansas City, Mo 2018 — On January 7th, 2018 Howard Coppaken didn’t feel well. Howard had just returned home from a long stressful trip and went to the gym to release some stress. The next morning, he knew something wasn’t right. He asked his wife to call an ambulance because he just didn’t feel well. Moments later Lorri Coppaken found her husband unconscious on the bathroom floor. Lorrie started CPR right away as instructed by the 911 operator. Thus, began Howard’s journey to St. Joseph Medical Center for life saving cardiac care.

    Every year, more than 250,000 people experience an ST elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) the deadliest type of heart attack caused by a blockage of blood flow to the heart that requires timely treatment. To prevent death, it’s critical to restore blood flow as quickly as possible, either by starting CPR, mechanically opening the blocked vessel, or by providing clot-busting medication. 

For this reason St. Joseph Medical Center will be hosting two free CPR and AED training classes open to the public. They will also go over the signs and symptoms of a Heart Attack. The classes will take place on March 20th and 21st from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. in St. Joseph Community Center located at 1000 Carondelet Drive, Kansas City, MO 64114. To learn more and register please contact Ericka Beeler at 816-943-2687.

Paramedics with Johnson County MED-ACT, were quickly able to identify Mr. Coppaken was having a heart attack. MED-ACT called a code STEMI (ST elevation myocardial infarction) to the hospital allowing the cardiac catherization and emergency room team to prepare for Howard’s arrival. Upon arrival Howard was taken to the cath lab and had stenting of the right coronary artery by Dr. Craig Lundgren with Healient Physician Group with outstanding results. 

         “St. Joseph Medical Center is dedicated to improving the quality of care for our patients who suffer a heart attack, and the American Heart Association’s Mission: Lifeline program is helping us accomplish that goal through nationally respected clinical guidelines,” said Jodi Fincher, Administrator “We are pleased to be recognized for our dedication and achievements in cardiac care, and I am very proud of our team for the outstanding care provided to Mr. Coppaken.”

      In addition to receiving the Mission: Lifeline Silver Receiving award, St. Joseph Medical Center has also been recognized as a recipient of Mission: Lifeline’s Silver-Plus award, which recognizes the hospital has reached an achievement score of 75 percent or greater for treating STEMI transfer patients from other facilities within 120 minutes.

      “We commend St. Joseph Medical Center for this achievement award, which reflects a significant institutional commitment to the highest quality of care for their heart attack patients,” said James G. Jollis, MD, Chair of the Mission: Lifeline Advisory Working Group. “Achieving this award means the hospital has met specific reporting and achievement measures for the treatment of their patients who suffer heart attacks and we applaud them for their commitment to quality and timely care.” 

      St. Joseph Medical Center earned the award by meeting specific criteria and standards of performance for the quick and appropriate treatment of STEMI patients by providing emergency procedures to re-establish blood flow to blocked arteries when needed. Eligible hospitals must adhere to these measures at a set level for 12 consecutive months to receive this award.


About St. Joseph Medical Center

St. Joseph Medical Center is a faith-based, 310-bed hospital providing a wide range of acute care and outpatient services. Key services include the, Senior Care Services, St. Joseph Heart Institute, Breast Center and Joint and Spine Institute. St. Joseph is a member of Prime Healthcare. Prime Healthcare and its hospitals have been recognized as among the “100 Top Hospitals” in the nation 38 times and among the “15 Top Health Systems” three times, and Prime Healthcare is the only "Top 10 Health System" west of the Mississippi.   We believe that continuous, quality of care and performance improvements are the foundation for preserving and enhancing healthcare delivery. For more information, visit

About Mission: Lifeline

The American Heart Association’s Mission: Lifeline program helps hospitals and emergency medical services develop systems of care that follow proven standards and procedures for STEMI patients. The program works by mobilizing teams across the continuum of care to implement American Heart Association/American College of Cardiology Foundation clinical treatment guidelines. For more information, visit

Erika Beeler
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