Paul Parish woke up at 1 a.m. He was in pain — more than just a little.
His wife called 911 and an ambulance was at the couple’s Kennewick home in minutes.
The crew rushed Parish — a longtime Kennewick city councilman who was in the midst of a heart attack — to the nearby Trios Southridge Hospital. He was soon in one of the facility’s catheterization labs, with Dr. Yunus Moosa placing a cardiac stent.
Parish was out of the hospital the next day.
He missed the city council workshop three days later, on Dec. 9, but was back at the dais last week. Without the quick work of the Kennewick Fire Department crew and the Trios doctors, nurses and other staffers who tended to him, “I probably wouldn’t be here,” Parish said.
He said he’s grateful.
Trios Southridge Hospital opened its doors in mid-July after years of planning and construction. It has two catheterization labs, in which teams perform various diagnostic and therapeutic procedures, including stent placements.
A stent is a mesh wire tube that can be inserted into a blood vessels to keep it open.
Parish is doing well now and suffered no permanent heart damage from the heart attack. That good outcome is “directly related to the time it takes for us to open up that artery,” Moosa told the Herald. “The faster it is, the better it is for the patient, the quicker they can go home and resume their normal lives.”
Moosa is head of Trios’ interventional cardiology program, which debuted last year. The interventional cardiologists use thin, flexible catheter tubes to diagnose and treat heart and vascular conditions. The services make a “significant impact in terms of longtime consequences for patients” and are “a huge boon” for the community and patients, he said.
Trios earlier this year also was designated a Level 1 Cardiac Center, meaning it met a long list of criteria including having diagnostic and interventional cardiac catheterization available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Kadlec Regional Medical Center in Richland also holds the designation, which is through the Washington State Emergency Cardiac and Stroke System.
Parish, 78, who’s now doing cardiac rehabilitation, has been on the city council for 19 years — a time of growth in the city, including in the Southridge area that’s home to the new hospital. “I’m glad I live in Kennewick and I’m glad I’ve helped planned the things we have there,” he said. “We have a really great city.”