Texas Health Resources Nurses are First Certified Chest Pain Coordinators in Dallas-Fort Worth|
ARLINGTON, Texas — Two Texas Health Resources nurses are the first in the Dallas-Fort Worth area and among 13 in Texas to receive a new chest pain coordinator certification from the Society of Chest Pain Centers.
Kim Kimberling, R.N., B.S.N., M.H.A., is on the staff at Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Southwest Fort Worth. Gregorita Smith, R.N., B.S.N., M.H.A., is on the staff at Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth. The certification promotes competence and effectiveness in chest pain coordinators. To receive certification, Kimberling and Smith had to meet basic eligibility requirements, attend training and pass an exam. Both Texas Health Southwest and Texas Health Fort Worth are accredited Cycle III Chest Pain Centers.
Smith said her role as a chest pain coordinator at Texas Health Fort Worth — a major referral center — is to coordinate with transferring hospitals, implement best practices and work with caregivers across disciplines to streamline the chest pain care continuum in order to take the best possible care of patients.
“Our goal is to constantly improve as an accredited Chest Pain Center,” Smith said. “Every single heart attack patient chart is reviewed, including the amount of time that passes from the moment a patient arrives at the emergency department until physicians reopen a blocked artery. Time is heart muscle, and we’re hoping to get patients back to their families.”
American Heart Association guidelines recommend a 90-minute door-to-balloon time — the amount of time that passes from the moment a heart attack patient arrives at the emergency department until physicians reopen a blocked artery. In 2011, Texas Health Fort Worth had an average door-to-balloon time of 60 minutes. With the help of Smith’s coordination, the current average time has been reduced to 45 minutes.
“The Society of Chest Pain Centers has really raised the bar for the standard of care that is provided to our cardiac patients," Kimberling said. “I am honored to be recognized by such a great organization, and I am grateful to Texas Health for supporting me in this goal.”
Kimberling received an undergraduate degree from Texas Tech University in 2005 and a master's in healthcare administration in 2008 from the University of Texas at Arlington. She has worked with Texas Health for seven years and became a chest pain coordinator in 2011.
Smith graduated from the Texas Woman’s University School of Nursing in 1994 and received a master’s in healthcare administration in 2005 from the University of Texas at Arlington. She has served Texas Health Fort Worth since 2009 and became a full-time chest pain coordinator in 2010.
For more information about cardiac care at Texas Health hospitals, visit TexasHealth.org/Heart.
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