Texas Health Arlington Memorial, Texas Health Heart and Vascular Hospital Earn Prestigious Accreditation|
ARLINGTON, Texas — Both Texas Health Arlington Memorial Hospital and Texas Health Heart & Vascular Hospital Arlington have officially received designations from the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care (SCPC), formerly named the Society of Chest Pain Centers.
Texas Health Arlington Memorial earned full Cycle IV Chest Pain Accreditation and Texas Health Heart and Vascular received full Cycle IV Chest Pain Accreditation with Percutaneous Coronary Intervention (PCI). Fewer than 100 hospitals across the country currently hold the prestigious Cycle IV Chest Pain Center title.
“This collective effort is a well-deserved achievement that involved numerous individuals, including those from the emergency department, telemetry units, and cath lab,” said Kirk King, Texas Health Arlington Memorial president. “This designation is one of many ways both hospitals look to promote a healthier lifestyle to our community, in an attempt to reduce the risk factors for a heart attack.”
Both hospitals met or exceeded requirements that accredited chest pain centers must effectively demonstrate:
- Education of the community about heart disease and signs and symptoms of a heart attack.
- Interaction and cooperation with ambulance service and dispatch.
- Emergency care of patients with heart attack symptoms.
- Management and effective treatment of low-risk chest pain patients.
- Care of patients having a heart attack and timely provision of care.
- Staff education and performance enhancement.
- Leadership support and facilities.
As an accredited chest pain center, facilities work with the SCPC to focus on quality, cost and patient satisfaction. One goal emphasized by the SCPC is the treatment of patients during a critical window of time in which heart muscle can be preserved, along with saving a life.
“People tend to wait when they think they might be having a heart attack, and that’s a mistake,” said Hoyt Frenzel, M.D., medical director of Texas Health Arlington Memorial’s emergency department (ED). “The average patient arrives in the ED more than two hours after the onset of symptoms, but the sooner treatment begins, the better the outcome. Simply put, time lost equates to muscle lost.”
In fact, every 33 seconds someone in the United States dies from cardiovascular disease, and according to the National Vital Statistics Report, nearly one out of four deaths in Texas is due to heart disease.
“Startling statistics such as these emphasize the importance of chest pain centers and the SCPC working together to reduce the time of diagnosis and treatment of patients,” said Baron Hamman, M.D., president of Texas Health Heart & Vascular. “Monitoring patients when it’s not definite that they are having a coronary event is imperative too. But with specialized observation, physicians can help ensure patients are neither sent home too early nor needlessly admitted to the hospital.”
Along with Texas Health Arlington Memorial and Texas Health Heart & Vascular, two other hospitals within the Texas Health Resources system have been designated as Cycle IV Chest Pain Centers — Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas and Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Denton.
About Texas Health Arlington Memorial Hospital
Texas Health Arlington Memorial Hospital is a 369-bed acute-care, full-service medical center serving Arlington and the surrounding communities since 1958. The hospital’s services include comprehensive cardiac care, women’s services, orthopedics, an advanced imaging center and emergency services. Texas Health Arlington Memorial is an affiliate of the faith-based, nonprofit Texas Health Resources system. For more information, call 1-877-THR-WELL (1-877-847-9355), or visit TexasHealth.org/Arlington.
About the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care
The Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care (SCPC) is an international not-for-profit organization whose mission is to transform cardiovascular care by assisting facilities in their effort to create communities of excellence that bring together quality, cost and patient satisfaction. As the only cross-specialty Society, SCPC provides the support needed for hospital systems to effectively bridge existing gaps in treatment by providing the tools, education and support necessary to successfully navigate the changing face of healthcare. For more information on SCPC, accreditation and certification opportunities, visit scpcp.org or call 1-877-271-4176.
About Texas Health Resources
Texas Health Resources is one of the largest faith-based, nonprofit health systems in the United States. The health system includes 24 acute care and short-stay hospitals that are owned, operated, joint-ventured or affiliated with Texas Health Resources. It includes the Texas Health Presbyterian, Texas Health Arlington Memorial and Texas Health Harris Methodist hospitals, a large physician group, outpatient facilities, and home health, preventive and fitness services, and an organization for medical research and education.
For more information about Texas Health Resources, call 1-877-THR-WELL (1-877-847-9355), or visit TexasHealth.org.
Doctors on the medical staff practice independently and are not employees or agents of the hospital.