Top Honors for Cardiac CareThe Society of Chest Pain Centers has recognized Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth, Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Hurst-Euless-Bedford and Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Southwest Fort Worth’s excellence in cardiac care, awarding them Cycle III Chest Pain Center accreditations.
The cardiac teams at Texas Health hospitals work together to respond quickly to patients who are having a heart attack. The ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) protocol ensures patients are quickly evaluated and transferred to a cardiac catheterization lab for immediate interventional treatment when warranted.
The more time that passes before a heart attack patient receives treatment, the more heart muscle is lost. The STEMI protocol streamlines the delivery of cardiac care, shaving time when seconds count. This commitment to continuous quality improvement has resulted in the achievement of the highest level -- Cycle III Chest Pain Center accreditation.
Evaluation by the Society of Chest Pain Centers ensures health care providers meet or exceed standards designed to improve care for acute coronary syndrome patients. Examining the response time and effectiveness of care from the onset of a patient’s symptoms to discharge from the hospital, accreditation as a Chest Pain Center means more saved lives and better outcomes for patients who suffer heart attacks. The Cycle III designation indicates the highest level of cardiac care has been achieved.
Texas Health Arlington Memorial Hospital was the first hospital in Texas to receive the prestigious Cycle III Chest Pain Center accreditation from the Society of Chest Pain Centers in January 2009.
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