Texas Health HEB Receives Dual Accreditation in Cardiovascular Care|
BEDFORD, Texas — Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Hurst-Euless-Bedford has been named a Cycle IV Chest Pain Center — the highest accreditation possible for treatment of chest pain — and a full Heart Failure Accreditation by the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care.
To patients, the designation means that Texas Health HEB has met stringent national standards for rapid recognition and collaborative treatment of a heart attack. Nationally, accreditation by the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care is 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 July 2008.
“Every second counts when treating a heart attack. To help prevent heart muscle damage, care givers need to be capable of recognizing symptoms and delivering care more quickly within the critical treatment window,” said Dr. Michael Duran, medical director of cardiology at Texas Health HEB. “These accreditations signify the commitment we’ve made to continue in our efforts to improve cardiovascular care for our patients.”
Starting with the first call for help to 911, health care professionals across multiple disciplines begin to act immediately: Paramedics arrive and administer life-saving therapies and physicians and nurses in the emergency room and cardiac catheterization laboratory begin preparing for the patient before he or she reaches the hospital.
“In achieving Cycle IV Chest Pain Center and Heart Failure Accreditation, Texas Health HEB has demonstrated dedication to continuously improving the quality of care delivered to patients,” said Deborah Paganelli, president of Texas Health HEB. “It signifies our ability to assess, diagnose and care for patients quickly and effectively.”
Heart disease is the leading cause of death in Tarrant County and across the United States. One person dies every minute nationwide from a coronary event, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Heart failure patients account for more than 12 million physician office visits each year and more 6.5 million hospital days.
The Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care is a non-profit international society dedicated to improving the quality and timeliness of care for patients with heart disease and heart failure. For more information about the society, visit scpcp.org.
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