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Texas Health Plano Receives Cycle IV Chest Pain Accreditation
12/11/2013

PLANO, Texas — Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Plano has officially received designation from the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care (formerly the Society of Chest Pain Centers) as a Fully Accredited Cycle IV Chest Pain Center with Percutaneous Coronary Intervention (PCI).

"The Chest Pain Center designation helps patients who arrive at the hospital with symptoms of a heart attack receive the treatment necessary during the critical window of time when heart muscle can still be saved," said Mike Evans, R.N., M.S.N., president of Texas Health Plano. "Over the years, Texas Health Plano has enhanced the quality of care for heart attack patients and has demonstrated a commitment to higher standards. This involves a great deal of coordination and collaboration among our employees and physicians on the medical staff. We are honored to have earned this national designation."

Accredited Chest Pain Centers must demonstrate expertise by:

  • Integrating the emergency department with the local emergency medical system.
  • Assessing, diagnosing, and treating patients quickly.
  • Effectively treating patients with low risk for acute coronary syndrome and no assignable cause for their symptoms.
  • Continually seeking to improve processes and procedures.
  • Ensuring the competence and training of Accredited Chest Pain Center personnel.
  • Maintaining organizational structure and commitment.
  • Having a functional design that promotes optimal patient care.

"We are privileged to receive the high distinction of full re-accreditation as a Chest Pain Center," said Christine Russe, M.S.N., R.N., C.E.N., C.P.E.N., clinical education specialist for the Emergency Department and the hospital's Chest Pain coordinator. "Our commitment to excellence in the community continues as we provide exceptional quality patient care and expertise for acute coronary patients."

As an Accredited Chest Pain Center, Texas Health Plano's protocol-driven and systematic approach to patient management allows physicians to reduce time to treatment during the critical early stages of a heart attack, when treatments are most effective, and to better monitor patients.

Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death in the United States, accounting for 1 in 4 deaths according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care's goal is to significantly reduce the mortality rate of these patients by teaching the public to recognize and react to the early symptoms of a possible heart attack, reduce the time that it takes to receive treatment, and increase the accuracy and effectiveness of treatment.

The American Heart Association lists the following as symptoms of a heart attack:

  • Discomfort in the chest or upper body
  • Shortness of breath
  • Nausea
  • Breaking out in a cold sweat or feeling of lightheadedness

Call 911 if you experience these symptoms or think you are having a heart attack. Learn more at heart.org.

About Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Plano
Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Plano is a 366-bed acute care hospital and recognized clinical program leader, providing technologically advanced care to Plano and surrounding areas since 1991. The hospital’s services include orthopedics, cardiovascular services, oncology, pediatrics and women’s services. An affiliate of the faith-based, nonprofit Texas Health Resources system, Texas Health Plano has more than 1,600 employees and 1,300 physicians on the medical staff. For more information, call 1-877-THR-WELL or visit TexasHealth.org/Plano.

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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