Speaking EHAC at IU Health

On September 19 and 20, I had the pleasure of speaking to IU Health employees at the Tipton and Muncie, Indiana, locations.

It was a wonderful opportunity to share the story of the evolution of Early Heart Attack Care, the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care and our vision for the future. What comprises this vision? Before we address that topic, let me share some eye-opening information.

Many people do not realize that EHAC was started because I missed the chance to save a life. Many people do not realize that this education became the foundation of the Society. And many people do not realize that www.DeputyHeartAttack.org is the community outreach program completely funded by the Society. But now you do!

And there's more. How many of you went into cardiovascular medicine because you were personally affected by a heart attack? Based upon the stories I heard at IU Health and the e-mails I receive on a daily basis, many of you also lost a loved one and it changed your life. And this helps us expand the vision for the future of EHAC because I believe like you believe that we can save more people!

After speaking with the teams at IU Health, I asked them, "How can we save more people?" The ideas and discussion engaged each member of the teams as they shared their thoughts about what they were doing and how they could expand their outreach. I think that the hardest thing that faces their teams (and yours) is that everyone has to save lives on a daily basis and I understand the toll it can take! I know you are tired after your shift and the last thing you want to think about is "How can we save more people?" What if I told you that the Society already created the site, the materials and all of the education you need to disseminate to your community?

As I discussed earlier, EHAC is the foundation for the formation of the Society. However, not only is it a part of the accreditation requirements, it's also a fully developed outreach program and we have all of the materials and information you need so you don't have to figure out how to do it yourself! Visit the www.deputyheartattack.org website and click on the "Training in Your Community" tab. Here you can download all of the materials you need to share at your health fairs, school events and more!

If you have other materials you need such as logos or images, please feel free to contact me at community@scpcp.org.
I would like to thank IU Health for sharing their information and their time. If I learned anything, it's that many people are working hard in their own ways on the mission of EHAC. However, many people may not realize that we are here to help them save those lives by providing the support they need!

Best in Saving a Life -
Raymond Bahr, MD

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Dr. Raymond Bahr's Articles & Videos

Dr. Raymond Bahr writes articles about the EHAC movement. He has also done several videos that outline the importance of Early Heart Attack Care.

Meet the Deputy Heart Attack Founder

Dr. Raymond Bahr

Dr. Raymond Bahr is passionate about cardiac care and preventive education. As the founding father of the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care (now ACC Accreditation Services), his passion to disseminate lifesaving information is a driving force behind the Deputy Heart Attack Program. Throughout his career, he has created multiple programs to help others understand the life saving measures that can save a life. In 1981 at St. Agnes Hospital, Dr. Bahr established the Chest Pain Emergency Department (CPED), the first such unit in the world. The initial purpose of this CPED was prompt and effective treatment of patients presenting with heart attack/sudden death. The CPED was coupled with an aggressive education program that taught the community the early warning signs of a heart attack. This education program extended to middle and high school students via health and science curricula.