Methodist Healthcare System | Keeping Well | Winter 2020

TAKE OUR HEART CHECK UP! Take our free heart risk assessment to determine the health of your heart and to find ways to lower your risk of heart disease. Go online to a nd find the link on the home page. HANDS -ONLY CPR : Just 2 steps can help save a life YOU DON’T NEED to know how to perform mouth-to-mouth cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) to save the life of someone in cardiac arrest. You can use Hands-Only CPR on teens and adults. HANDS-ONLY CPR CONSISTS OF JUST TWO STEPS: According to the American Heart Association (AHA), the vast majority of cardiac arrests that occur outside of the hospital take place at home or in a public place. Most people who haven’t learned CPR feel helpless to act in that situation. Yet when a person has a cardiac arrest, their survival depends on how quickly someone performs CPR. That’s where Hands-Only CPR comes in. It has been shown to be as effective as full CPR during the first few minutes of a cardiac arrest. To watch a demonstration video of Hands-Only CPR in action, visit the AHA at . Push hard and fast in the center of the person’s chest. Use the beat of the disco classic “Stayin’ Alive” to guide your compressions. Other ex- amples of songs with a similar 100 to 120 beats per minute include: “Crazy in Love” by Beyoncé featuring Jay-Z “Hips Don’t Lie” by Shakira “Walk the Line” by Johnny Cash No mouth-to-mouth breathing is required. Call 911 if you see a teen or an adult collapse and they’re not responsive when you ask them if they’re OK. 1 911 2 METHODIST IN CONVERSE In addition to the new freestanding ER inWestover Hills, Methodist Healthcare has opened another 24/7, 365 days a year, emergency facility that will support Converse and the surrounding areas. Methodist ER | Converse, a department of Methodist Hospital | Northeast, provides patients in this rapidly growing city more convenient access to excellent Methodist emergency care services. The facility opened in December at 6402 Mallard Meadow. With board-certified emergency medicine physicians and emergency-trained nurses and technicians, the staff is equipped to treat a variety of conditions, from concussions, strokes, and heart attacks to broken bones, serious burns, allergic reactions and stomach pains. “In response to the exponential growth of our communities, we saw an opportunity to better serve and support our patients needing advanced emergency care in Converse and the surrounding areas,” said Michael Beaver, CEO of Methodist Hospital | Northeast. “With the open- ing of our new Methodist ER | Converse, we are now able to provide those patients the Methodist- quality emergency care they deserve right in their backyard.” The two newest Methodist ERs in Westover Hills and Converse mirror each other in both physi- cal and operational structure. Each 12,650-square- foot facility will feature 12 all-private treatment rooms and a full range of services such as radiology, a full-service laboratory and telemetry. Both also will house on-site diagnostic equipment, including a 64-slice CT scanner and dedicated x-ray suite, as well as ultrasound equipment. A unique benefit that separates these two free- standing ERs from others is access to a Picture Archiving Communications System (PACS), which allows staff to electronically transmit any diagnostic image from these emergency centers to any Methodist credentialed physician’s office, specialist or any Methodist hospital emergency room. This system will result in more seamless follow up, which will improve the communication both internally and with the patients. Consistent across all Methodist ERs, pa- tients also will have direct access to Methodist Healthcare hospitals for expedited transfer to continue in-patient treatment. For more information on these facility and expansion plans visit or follow Methodist Healthcare System on social media channels. this new initiative we want to save lives by increasing the rate of by- stander involvement in San Antonio. The program can have an everlast- ing impact on our city.” According to the American Heart Association, the chance of survival decreases by 10 percent for each minute an individual goes without CPR. “CPR has been proven to triple the chance of surviving an out-of- hospital cardiac arrest,” said Stacy Herr, Executive Director of the San Antonio Division of the American Heart Association. The initiative kicks off Feb. 1 with a free Hands-Only CPR event at Methodist Hospital | Stone Oak. Special guest hosts will be former Spurs player Sean Elliott and his wife, Claudia Zapata-Elliott. Sarah Pinchback, who went into cardiac arrest and almost lost her life last May, will join the Elliotts in hosting the event. A Methodist Hospital | Stone Oak heart patient, Pinchback was saved by her husband performing Hands-Only CPR. The community is invited to learn this lifesaving technique and be among the first 10,000 community members Methodist Healthcare will train this year. Other free Hands-Only CPR courses will be offered throughout the year at various locations. For more information on up- coming CPR classes, visit . METHODIST HEALTHCARE EXPANDS —continued from page 1 —continued from page 1 Methodist Healthcare to Offer Community Training in Hands-Only CPR Methodist Healthcare CEO Allen Harrison leads community leaders and staff in officially opening Methodist ER | Westover Hills. Residents of Converse and the surrounding area welcomed the addition of Methodist ER | Converse by joining Michael Beaver, CEO of Methodist Hospital | Northeast, at the ribbon-cutting ceremony. W I N T E R 2 0 2 0 3 K E E P I N G W E L L M e t h o d i s t H e a l t h c a r e