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TGMC’s Samuel Matherne, RN, Recognized as Early Heart Attack Care 2014 Person of the Year Honoree

05/20/2015

Terrebonne General Medical Center (TGMC),nationally recognized medical center, announces Samuel Matherne, RN, as the 2014 Society of Cardiovascular Care Early Heart Attack Care (EHAC) Person of the Year Honoree. Matherne is are gistered nurse in the Cardiac Catheterization Lab at TGMC and the coordinator of the nationally accredited Chest Pain Center at TGMC. Matherne is a strong advocate of EHAC training and prevention. He has served TGMC for over 18 years.

TGMC Chest Pain Center was awarded the highest level of accreditation by the internationally recognized Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care (SCPS) joining an elite group ofhospitals in the world who have achieved this distinct designation. South Louisiana has the one of the highest incidences of heart disease in the nation,therefore having an accredited chest pain center right here in our community increases patients’ chance of survival.

The primary goal of Early Heart Attack Care (EHAC) is to promote public awareness that heart attacks have "beginnings" that can occur weeks before the actual attack. EHAC focuses on intervention during these beginnings to help prevent acute myocardial infarction (heart attack) and cardiac arrest. The second goal of EHAC is to teach the public that individuals with heart attack symptoms be evaluated and treated in an emergency department (ED) or chest pain center(CPC). Experts there are trained in the rapid evaluation of patients, bringing together ED physicians, nurses, cardiologists, and technicians who work as a team to establish a comprehensive management plan for patients with chest pain.

Matherne has been a leading advocate for EHAC training in the organization and the community throughout 2014. With an understanding of how prevalent cardiovascular disease is in Louisiana, he has taken every opportunity to educate and train hospital staff through monthly staff meetings, quarterly town hall meetings, leadership meetings, newsletters and all other available venues. He has carried the EHAC training to the community through Rotary Club meetings, business meetings, local Boy Scout organization, physician offices, and local TV media where he asks all viewers and participants to take the EHAC Oath with him. He has gained the support of staff to carry on the message and incorporate EHAC training into the organization’s annual competency training for all staff. Matherne was recognized as an Honoree at the EHAC Congress workshop on May 6, 2015.

“We are so proud that EHAC has recognized the amazing work of Samuel Matherne,” said Phyllis Peoples, president and CEO of TGMC. “His passion to change how cardiovascular disease is viewed and treated is evident by the professionalism and concern he shows for educating our community on this important disease.”

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