Dallas County Caruth Program Initiative

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Every day in Dallas County, approximately 30 people suffer a heart attack and depend on the seamless delivery of emergency medical services to increase their chances of survival and quality of life. In 2010, the American Heart Association presented this fact to the W. W. Caruth, Jr. Foundation at Communities Foundation of Texas with the request to fund a project that would strengthen and coordinate the emergency heart attack response system in Dallas County.

The American Heart Association presented a new objective: consistently deliver optimal, seamless, and timely care to every heart attack patient in Dallas County.  The W. W. Caruth, Jr. Foundation at Communities Foundation of Texas invested $3.5 million to make the objective a reality. The initiative was a challenge: to measure, coordinate, and enhance every aspect of the Dallas County response and treatment chain that is activated upon patients recognizing heart attack symptoms and seeking help.This innovative and regionally collaborative initiative focused on the emergency spectrum of care, including convening members of all 15 hospitals and 24 EMS agencies within Dallas County. Read more about the initiative.

The Initiative required:
  • creating trust and building relationships between competing stakeholders,
  • filling emergency equipment gaps and ensuring equipment compatibility,
  • applying consistent training for all caregivers at all points of the process,
  • and garnering unanimous agreement on uniform treatment protocols for both transporting and treating heart attack patients.
The initiative met two primary outcomes:
  1. The provision of optimal care to each heart attack victim in Dallas County via a dynamic, seamless, and thoroughly integrated working emergency care system.
  2. The collection of new, complete, and analyzable Dallas County public safety data, including the creation of a new metric called SOAR (Symptom Onset through Arterial Reperfusion), to evaluate heart attack system level performance.
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Sub-Committee: Conference Planning    Sub-Committee: Education    Sub-Committee: EMS Resources    Sub-Committee: Protocols    Sub-Committee Quality Improvement

Communities Foundations of Texas logoW.W. Caruth, JR. Foundation/Communities Foundation of Texas
Since its founding in 1953, Communities Foundation of Texas has grown to become one of the nation’s largest community foundations. Through its work, the foundation enhances the experience and impact of charitable giving. It serves as a hub for collaboration between donors, nonprofits and other funding organizations to stimulate creative solutions to key community challenges.

This is accomplished through a variety of donor-advised, designated and discretionary funds, including the W.W. Caruth, Jr. Foundation created by the generosity of Will Caruth.  CFT strives to thoughtfully and effectively support its diverse donors and grantees by providing exemplary service, by demonstrating accountability, and by generating lasting impact in the community.  The foundation professionally manages almost 900 component funds and has awarded over $1 billion in charitable grants.

To join us as a partner, or find more information about the project, contact the Caruth Team at (214) 441-4207 or Caruth.info@heart.org.