ARLINGTON, Texas — Texas Health Heart & Vascular Hospital Arlington has once again earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® and the American Heart Association’s Heart-Check mark for Primary Heart Attack Center Certification.
“This recognition is a symbol of quality that reflects Texas Health Heart & Vascular’s commitment to providing safe, evidence-based cardiac care for heart attack patients,” said Drew Weiner, M.D., an emergency medicine physician on the medical staff at Texas Health Heart & Vascular and Texas Health Arlington Memorial.
As a Primary Heart Attack Center, Texas Health Heart & Vascular has shown that it has the resources and personnel to provide primary percutaneous coronary intervention (PPCI) — a procedure used to address blocked arteries — to heart attack patients, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Other key components of the certification program include focusing on symptom onset and first medical contact (pre-hospital and upon arrival), emergency medical services and the Emergency Department, as well as catheterization laboratories and inpatient settings.
“The certification helps elevate our cardiac program to ensure patients have access to consistent, comprehensive heart attack care when it matters,” Weiner said.
Texas Health Heart & Vascular is a physician-led hospital on the Texas Health Arlington Memorial campus, offering advanced services for the diagnosis and treatment of heart and vascular conditions. Patients who visit the emergency room at Texas Health Arlington Memorial with these conditions are transferred to the heart hospital to receive specialized care.
The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal standards are developed in consultation with healthcare experts, providers and patients. They help health care organizations measure, assess and improve performance. For this designation, Texas Health Heart & Vascular underwent a comprehensive survey in which Joint Commission reviewers evaluated compliance with certification standards.
“We commend Texas Health for using certification again to reduce variation in its clinical processes and to strengthen its program structure,” said Nancy Brown, CEO of the American Heart Association.
For more information, please visit The Joint Commission website.
About Texas Health Resources
Texas Health Resources is a faith-based, nonprofit health system that cares for more patients in North Texas than any other provider. With a service area that consists of 16 counties and more than 7 million people, the system is committed to providing quality, coordinated care through its Texas Health Physicians Group and 29 hospital locations under the banners of Texas Health Presbyterian, Texas Health Arlington Memorial, Texas Health Harris Methodist and Texas Health Huguley. Texas Health access points and services, ranging from acute-care hospitals and trauma centers to outpatient facilities and home health and preventive services, provide the full continuum of care for all stages of life. The system has more than 4,100 licensed hospital beds, 6,400 physicians with active staff privileges and more than 26,000 employees. For more information about Texas Health, call 1-877-THR-WELL, or visit www.TexasHealth.org.