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Tammy Tipton Named EHAC Person of the Year

May 19, 2015

Tammy Tipton, Cardiovascular Accreditation Coordinator with St. Francis Health, has been recognized as the 2014 EHAC Person of the Year by the Deputy Heart Attack Program’s Early Heart Attack Care (EHAC) Committee, which is the public outreach created by the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care (SCPC). The SCPC is the accrediting body for the Chest Pain Center at St. Francis Health. Tipton’s role includes coordinating both the chest pain and stroke programs at St. Francis.

The Deputy Heart Attack Program is an initiative sponsored by the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care. The primary goal of Early Heart Attack Care 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.

Each year, the EHAC Committee accepts nominations for their Person of the Year Award. The criteria for nominees focuses on individuals who educate their facility on EHAC, who share EHAC and build awareness beyond their hospital facility into the broader community, and who use innovative techniques to promote EHAC.

Tipton, who has been with St. Francis for 18 years, was selected from nominees across the country. Her nomination was focused on her success in using a variety of channels to promote EHAC education and awareness. By creating a strong presence within St. Francis, promoting awareness more broadly at community events sponsored by St. Francis–including Day of Dance and Girl’s Night Out–and providing a robust collection of educational materials through partnerships with EHAC, she has ensured patient and public access to critical information about heart attack signs and prevention.

”Tammy’s dedication to saving lives and reducing the heart attack mortality rate in her community truly reflects the mission of the SCPC and the vision of EHAC,” said Dr. Raymond Bahr, founder of the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care, the Deputy Heart Attack program and EHAC education. “Utilizing EHAC, Tammy is working hard to expand the coronary care unit into her community. She understands that most heart attacks occur beyond the hospital doors and, by sharing this information, she can help people get to care before a full blown heart attack occurs.”

“To me, this award means that I’m doing my job. I truly believe good things happen when a career and a passion come together,” said Tipton. “One of my roles at St. Francis is coordinating our chest pain program. It assures me that we are doing the right things the right way, both internally and out in the community. I make this a priority because I know that I can positively impact our patients. My years of nursing experience have led me to this point, and being able to proactively spread the word about early heart attack care and prevention is at the core of what I do.”