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Embodying Excellence: Epic at the 34th Annual ELSO Conference

Porter Adventist’s Epic Cardiovascular Services Team Receives ELSO Excellence Award

The Extracorporeal Life Support Organization (ELSO) held its 34th annual conference at the Hyatt Regency Seattle from September 28 to October 1, 2023. Epic Cardiovascular Services’s very own Paul Mueller, CES-A, was in attendance, representing Epic’s Porter Adventist perfusion team in receiving ELSO’s Center of Excellence Gold Award.

Pre-Conference and Conference Highlights

The conference opened with a dynamic pre-conference on “ECMO Management” and Physiology,” focusing on practical “How To” insights and in-depth physiological discussions, setting the stage for lively debates. The energy continued throughout the main event, showcasing the latest research and developments in respiratory failure treatment, ARDS induction, and the integration of artificial intelligence in ECMO.

Attendees actively engaged in discussions sparked by these cutting-edge topics, fostering a rich exchange of ideas. Additional focal points included the latest in ECPR, breakthroughs in device technology, and strategies for life post-ECMO.

Embodying Excellence in Life Support

For Epic, the true highlight of the conference was being part of the Porter Adventist team which received the Center of Excellence Gold Award. This award recognizes programs that embody Excellence in Life Support. When deliberating the possible recipients of the award, the organization looked for extraordinary achievement in three categories:

  • Excellence in promoting ELSO’s vision, mission, and activities.
  • Excellence in patient care by using the highest quality measures, processes, and structures based upon evidence.
  • Excellence in training, education, collaboration, and communication supporting ELSO guidelines that contribute to a healing environment for families, patients, and staff.
elso excellence award

Ultimately, it was Epic’s Paul Mueller and other representatives from the team at Porter Adventist who had the honor of receiving this award. Our Epic Cardiovascular team has put in countless hours to ensure the highest quality ECMO care is administered. Other individuals on our team who also earned this recognition include Dana Schiro, Megan Corlett, Jamie Donizio, Reid Roos, and Jill Sukovieff.

Continuing a Legacy of Excellence in Perfusion

More than just a shiny trophy, this award symbolizes the genuine effort and dedication Epic’s team pours into patient care. It also stands as a reminder of the duties and responsibilities we hold as perfusionists.

A big congratulations to the team and the other contributing members at Porter Adventist for embodying excellence in life support!

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