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2009-08-06 / General Stories

St. Joseph's Receives Chest Pain Center Accreditation

St. Joseph Regional Health Center in Bryan has been re-accredited as a Chest Pain Center, recognizing exceptional work the facility is doing in the rapid diagnosis and treatment of heart attack patients across the Brazos Valley. Since being designated as a Chest pain Center, SJRHC has cared for 44 residents in the rural Brazos Valley under the Chest Pain Center protocols.

St. Joseph Regional Health Center's leadership announced this week the facility received full Cycle II accreditation with PCI from the Accreditation Review Committee from the Society of Chest Pain Centers in Columbus, Ohio. The Cycle II accreditation runs April 1, 2009 through May 30, 2012. St. Joseph Regional Health Center was the 45th accredited Chest Pain Center in Texas when it was certified in 2006.

"We're extraordinarily proud of this designation and the care we provide to our patients," said Beverly Welch, Director of the Emergency Services at SJRHC. SJRHC works with regional first responder crews, Emergency Medical Services teams and its critical access hospitals in Caldwell, Madisonville and Navasota to make sure patients who have chest pain get quick attention and early diagnostic testing. In fact, since October of 2008 SJRHC has treated 100% of the identified patients within the 90- minute window that is the national guideline for heart attack care. As of June of 2009 SJRHC's current time to PCI puts them in the top 10th percentile of Chest Pain Centers nationwide.

SJRHC works to provide scientific evidence-based care to every patient with a heart attack. "We call it 'Triple A' care," said Amy Plotts, coordinator of the chest pain program. "That means all patients, all of the time, with all of the aspects of their care."

Heart attacks are the leading cause of death in the United States, with 600,000 dying annually of heart disease.

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