(New Bern, NC) CarolinaEast Medical Center has received the American College of Cardiology’s Chest Pain Center Accreditation with Primary PCI based on rigorous onsite evaluation of staff’s ability to evaluate, diagnose and treat patients who may be experiencing a heart attack.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 730,000 Americans suffer a heart attack each year. Percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI), also known as coronary angioplasty, is a non-surgical procedure that opens narrowed or blocked coronary arteries with a balloon to relieve symptoms of heart disease or reduce heart damage during or after a heart attack.
Hospitals that have earned ACC Chest Pain Center with Primary PCI Accreditation have proven exceptional competency in treating patients with heart attack symptoms and have primary PCI available 24/7 every day of the year. “CarolinaEast has demonstrated its commitment to providing Coastal Carolina with excellent heart care,” said Phillip D. Levy, MD, FACC, chair of the ACC Accreditation Management Board. “ACC Accreditation Services is proud to award CarolinaEast Medical Center with Chest Pain Center with Primary PCI Accreditation.”
As required to meet the criteria of the accreditation designation, CarolinaEast has streamlined their systems from admission to evaluation to diagnosis and treatment all the way through to appropriate post-discharge care and recommendations and assistance in patient lifestyle changes. In addition, they have formal agreements with other facilities that regularly refer heart attack patients to their facility for primary PCI.
“Being among hospitals that take part in a multi-faceted clinical process and best practices in the care of patients experiencing the signs and symptoms of a heart attack is a true source of pride for us,” said Theresa Wilder, Clinical Manager of ICU, CVICU and CVIMC, and Chest Pain Center Coordinator at CarolinaEast Medical Center. “This accreditation is proof of our dedicated team that earnestly support the efforts leading to better patient education and improved patient outcomes.”