Texas Health Hurst-Euless-Bedford Earns Cycle III Chest Pain Center Designation
07/19/2010

BEDFORD, Texas — Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Hurst-Euless-Bedford has earned Cycle III Chest Pain Centers accreditation — the highest accreditation possible for treatment of chest pain by the Society of Chest Pain Centers.

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.

To patients, the designation means that Texas Health HEB has met stringent national standards for rapid recognition and collaborative treatment of heart attack. Nationally, accreditation by the Society of Chest Pain Centers 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.

“When it comes to a heart attack every second that is lost kills heart muscle,” said Dr. Michael Duran, a cardiologist on the medical staff at Texas Health HEB. “Studies show that there is a direct correlation between accreditation as a Chest Pain Center and improved patient outcomes.”

Starting with the first call for help to 911, medical professionals across multiple disciplines snap to action: Paramedics immediately 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.

“Each day our employees work diligently with physicians on the medical staff and emergency personnel in the community to provide the best care possible to each heart attack patient,” said Deborah Paganelli, FACHE, hospital president. “The community wide cooperation and dedication to fast, accurate care is crucial in helping individuals to survive a heart attack.”

The Society of Chest Pain Centers is a non-profit international society dedicated to improving the quality and timeliness of care for with heart disease and heart failure. For more information, visit scpcp.org.

About Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Hurst-Euless-Bedford
Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Hurst-Euless-Bedford is a 296-bed, acute-care facility serving Northeast Tarrant County since 1973. The hospital’s services include outpatient surgery, women’s services, a Level III neonatal intensive care unit, a dedicated oncology care unit, cardiac rehabilitation and psychiatric and addiction treatment. Texas Health HEB is an affiliate of the faith-based, nonprofit Texas Health Resources system. For more information, call 1-877-THR-WELL, or visit TexasHealth.org/HEB.

About Texas Health Resources
Texas Health Resources is one of the largest faith-based, nonprofit health care delivery systems in the United States and the largest in North Texas in terms of patients served. Texas Health’s system of 13 hospitals includes Texas Health Harris Methodist, Texas Health Arlington Memorial, Texas Health Presbyterian, and an organization for medical research and education. Texas Health is a partner in eight additional hospitals or surgery centers. Texas Health Physicians Group provides a variety of models for engagement with physicians. Texas Health Partners is a joint venture development and management company owned by Texas Health Resources. Texas Health MedSynergies is a joint venture that offers physicians a range of office management and other business services to support their practices. Texas Health SingleSource Staffing is a joint venture designed to help Texas Health hospitals improve patient care by recruiting and retaining quality nurses and allied healthcare professionals. 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.