The American College of Cardiology has recognized Northwest Health – La Porte for its demonstrated expertise and commitment in treating patients with chest pain. Northwest Health – LaPorte was awarded Chest Pain Center Accreditation with Primary PCI in earlier this month based on rigorous onsite evaluation of the staff’s ability to evaluate, diagnose and treat patients who may be experiencing a heart attack.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 730,000 Americans suffer a heart attack each year. The most common symptom of a heart attack for both men and women is chest pain or discomfort. However, women are more likely to have atypical symptoms. Other heart attack symptoms include, but are not limited to, tingling or discomfort in one or both arms, back, shoulder, neck or jaw, shortness of breath, cold sweat, unusual tiredness, heartburn-like feeling, nausea or
vomiting, sudden dizziness and fainting.
Percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) is also known as coronary angioplasty. It is a non-surgical procedure that opens narrowed or blocked coronary arteries with a balloon to relieve symptoms of heart disease or reduce heart damage during or after a heart attack.
Hospitals that have earned ACC Chest Pain Center with Primary PCI Accreditation have proven exceptional competency in treating patients with heart attack symptoms and have primary PCI available 24/7 every day of the year. As required to meet the criteria of the accreditation designation, they have streamlined their systems from admission to evaluation to diagnosis and treatment all the way through to appropriate post-discharge care and recommendations and assistance in patient lifestyle changes. In
addition, they have formal agreements with other facilities that regularly refer heart attack patients to their facility for primary PCI.
“Northwest Health – La Porte has demonstrated its commitment to providing La Porte County and surrounding areas with excellent heart care,” said Deepak L. Bhatt, MD, MPH, FACC, chair of the ACC
Accreditation Management Board. “ACC Accreditation Services is proud to award Northwest Health – La Porte with Chest Pain Center with Primary PCI Accreditation.”
Hospitals receiving Chest Pain Center with Primary PCI Accreditation from the ACC must take part in a multi-faceted clinical process that involves: completing a gap analysis; examining variances of care, developing an action plan; a rigorous onsite review; and monitoring for sustained success. Improved methods and strategies of caring for patients include streamlining processes, implementing of guidelines and standards, and adopting best practices in the care of patients experiencing the signs and symptoms of a heart attack. Facilities that achieve accreditation meet or exceed an array of stringent criteria and have organized a team of doctors, nurses, clinicians, and other administrative staff that earnestly support the efforts leading to better patient education and improved patient outcomes.
Keith Nichols, Chief Executive Officer for Northwest Health – La Porte attributes this achievement to the expertise of the cardiologists, emergency room physicians, nurses, and other caregivers on staff at the
hospital. “The teamwork and coordination necessary to earn this level of recognition from the American College of Cardiology is remarkable. Caregivers from throughout the hospital consistently monitor
quality indicators, follow nationally accepted care protocols and adopt best-practices in patient experience and chest pain treatments. I am pleased that we offer an accredited Chest Pain Center right here in La Porte County.
The Chest Pain Center is based in the Emergency Department. In addition, the hospital also offers a full range of diagnostic and interventional cardiac care including its new HeartSmart Assessment, cardiac imaging, state-of-the-art cardiac catheterization and electrophysiology (EP) labs, and an intensive care unit with specialized cardiac monitoring.
The ACC offers U.S. and international hospitals like Northwest Health – La Porte access to a comprehensive suite of cardiac accreditation services designed to optimize patient outcomes and improve hospital financial performance. These services are focused on all aspects of cardiac care,
including emergency treatment of heart attacks.