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Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Plano Earns Prestigious Chest Pain Center Designation
08/06/2010

PLANO, Texas — Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Plano 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 July 21.

For patients, it means Texas Health Plano ranks among the best hospitals in the world at rapid recognition and collaborative treatment of heart attack.

On a national level, the Society of Chest Pain Centers accreditation is recognized for being linked to better patient outcomes and more lives saved, according to an Emory University School of Medicine study published in the American Journal of Cardiology in 2008.

“The focus of this accreditation is getting patients the right treatment for their symptoms in a timely and efficient manner,” said Mark A. Peterman, M.D., medical director of Cardiovascular Services at the hospital. “It looks at the hospital in a totally comprehensive way and ensures 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.

In the critical moments following a heart attack, decreasing the “door-to-balloon” time or the amount of time that passes when a patient arrives at the emergency department until physicians have completed the procedure to reopen a blocked artery is crucial for saving heart muscle and improving a patient’s quality of life. The average door-to-balloon time at Texas Health Plano is 63 minutes, while the national target is 90 minutes.

“For heart attack patients, squandered time means muscle lost,” said Robert Burns, director of Cardiovascular Services at Texas Health Plano. “We want to save your life, but we also want to preserve your quality of life.”

Collin County exceeds both the national (428) and state averages (387) for heart-disease-related deaths among men and women ages 35 and older with 446 per 100,000 from 2000 to 2006, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In addition, more than five million Americans visit hospitals each year with chest pain.

Texas Health Plano and 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.

About Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Plano
Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Plano is 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.

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