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Texas Health Stephenville Earns Chest Pain Center Designation
06/19/2012

STEPHENVILLE, Texas — Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Stephenville received full Cycle III Chest Pain Center accreditation — the highest accreditation possible for treatment of chest pain — from the Society of Chest Pain Centers on May 17.

The designation means that Texas Health Stephenville has met or exceeded stringent national standards for rapid recognition and collaborative treatment of patients who may be experiencing a heart attack.

“The focus of this accreditation is getting patients the right treatment for their symptoms in a timely and efficient manner,” said Jeffrey Edwards, M.D., Texas Health Stephenville chief quality officer and a family medicine physician on the hospital’s medical staff. “It looks at the hospital in a totally comprehensive way to determine that everyone involved is prepared to quickly diagnose and treat an acute coronary syndrome.”

Beginning with the first call to 911, medical professionals across multiple disciplines are prepared to jump into action: Paramedics administer life-saving therapies before the patient even reaches the hospital, and physicians and nurses in the emergency room and cardiac catheterization laboratory begin preparing for the patient in advance of their arrival at the hospital.

“For heart attack patients, time lost means muscle lost,” said Laura Ainsworth, R.N., trauma and chest pain coordinator at Texas Health Stephenville. “We want to save lives, but we also want to preserve our patients’ quality of life.”

Along with examining procedures for patients experiencing a heart attack, the Chest Pain Center accreditation process looks at a hospital’s capabilities for education and prevention of all types of heart disease. Texas Health Stephenville, for example, performs stress testing to help diagnose and treat patients who have symptoms of acute coronary syndrome, usually due to obstruction of the coronary arteries.

Texas Health Stephenville and the Society of Chest Pain Centers recognize the need to significantly reduce the mortality rate of these patients by reducing the time that it takes to receive treatment and increase the accuracy and effectiveness of treatment. For more information about the non-profit Society of Chest Pain Centers, visit scpcp.org.

For more information on the hospital’s heart and vascular services, visit TexasHealth.org/Stephenville.

About Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Stephenville
Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Stephenville is a 98-bed acute care, full-service facility serving Erath and surrounding counties since 1926. The hospital's services include inpatient and outpatient surgery, women’s services, advanced diagnostic imaging, and wound care. Texas Health Stephenville, an affiliate of the faith-based, nonprofit Texas Health Resources system, has been recognized as a Nurse-Friendly Hospital and a Level IV Trauma Center. For more information, call 1-877-THR-WELL, or visit TexasHealth.org/Stephenville.

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, or visit TexasHealth.org.

Doctors on the medical staff practice independently and are not employees or agents of the hospital.

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