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The American College of Cardiology has recognized Corpus Christi Medical Center for its demonstrated expertise and commitment in treating patients with chest pain at Bay Area and Doctors Regional Hospitals.

The Chest Pain Center with Primary PCI and Resuscitation accreditation award is based on rigorous on-site evaluation of the staff’s ability to evaluate, diagnose and treat patients who may be experiencing a heart attack.

“It is very hard to achieve this. Even nationally there are very few hospitals that have achieved it. I believe we are the only hospital system south of Houston that has it,” saidCorpus Christi Medical Center Cardiology Coordinator Christina Perry.

Bay Area and Doctors Regional Hospitals emphasize the importance of standardized diagnostic and treatment programs that provide more efficient and effective evaluation, as well as more appropriate and rapid treatment of patients with chest pain and other heart attack symptoms. 

“What that means is that our cath lab is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to offer heart attack patients the care they need. We also have the capability to provide exceptional care for the resuscitation patients,” said Perry.    

So, what does this award mean to our community?

“By having this accreditation, we have proved that we can provide exceptional care to these patients, which means when they come in having any kind of chest pain, full blown heart attack, we can better treat them, and by giving them that exceptional care they have 29 to 49 percent of less morbidity, less mortalities, and they go about living their life fully again," said Perry.    

As part of the accreditation, Corpus Christi Medical Center has a “no divert” policy. That means they will never turn away a chest pain or heart attack patient.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 730,000 Americans suffer a heart attack each year.

The most common symptom of a heart attack for both men and women is chest pain or discomfort. However, women are more likely to have atypical symptoms (Don’t include this unless you are going to include what the atypical symptoms are).

Other heart attack symptoms include tingling or discomfort in one or both arms, back, shoulder, neck or jaw, shortness of breath, cold sweat, unusual tiredness, heartburn-like feeling, nausea or vomiting, sudden dizziness and fainting.

Hospitals that have earned ACC Chest Pain Center with Primary PCI and Resuscitation Accreditation have proven exceptional competency in treating patients with heart attack symptoms and have primary PCI available 24/7 every day of the year.

 Percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) is also known as coronary angioplasty. It is a nonsurgical 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.

As required to meet the criteria of the accreditation designation, they comply with standard Chest Pain Center protocols and are equipped with a robust hypothermia program for post-cardiac arrest treatment. These facilities also maintain a "No Diversion Policy" for out-of-hospital cardiac arrest patients.

“Corpus Christi Medical Center has demonstrated its commitment to providing South Texas with excellent heart care,” said Phillip D. Levy, M.D., FACC, chair of the ACC Accreditation Management Board. “ACC Accreditation Services is proud to award Corpus Christi Medical Center with Chest Pain Center with Primary PCI and Resuscitation Accreditation.”

Hospitals receiving Chest Pain Center with Primary PCI and Resuscitation Accreditation from the ACC must take part in a multifaceted clinical process that involves: completing a gap analysis; examining variances of care, developing an action plan; a rigorous on-site review; and monitoring for sustained success. 

Improved methods and strategies of caring for patients include streamlining processes, implementing of guidelines and standards, and adopting best practices in the care of patients experiencing the signs and symptoms of a heart attack.

Facilities that achieve accreditation meet or exceed an array of stringent criteria and have organized a team of doctors, nurses, clinicians, and other administrative staff that earnestly support the efforts leading to better patient education and improved patient outcomes.

"In achieving Chest Pain Accreditation, Corpus Christi Medical Center has demonstrated its commitment to the highest level of care for its heart patients," said Jay Woodall, CEO at Corpus Christi Medical Center. "Certification is a voluntary process and CCMC has successfully undertaken the challenge to elevate its standard of care and instill confidence in the community."

The ACC and American Heart Association are collaborating to offer U.S. hospitals like Corpus Christi Medical Center access to a comprehensive suite of co-branded cardiac accreditation services designed to optimize patient outcomes and improve hospital financial performance.

These services are focused on all aspects of cardiac care, including emergency treatment of heart attacks.

About Corpus Christi Medical Center

Committed to the care and improvement of human life, Corpus Christi Medical Center has been a growing part of South Texas for the past 50 years.

What began as a 26-bed facility in the early 60s has grown into a multicampus healthcare system offering a full range of medical services, outstanding clinical care and superior technology.

From caring for fragile newborns to complex cardiovascular patients, Corpus Christi Medical Center ensures the community receives the highest quality medical care available. The campuses of Corpus Christi Medical Center are Doctors Regional, Bay Area, The Heart Hospital, Northwest Regional, Bayview Behavioral Hospital, Northshore Emergency Center, and Radiation Oncology at Corpus Christi Cancer Center.

For more information about Corpus Christi Medical Center, visit www.CCMedicalCenter.com.

About HCA Healthcare’s Gulf Coast Division

HCA Healthcare’s Gulf Coast Division is a comprehensive network of hospitals, outpatient surgery centers, emergency centers and diagnostic imaging facilities in greater Houston, Corpus Christi and South Texas.

 Facilities in the Gulf Coast Division include: 17 hospitals, nine ambulatory care centers, 10 off-campus emergency centers, and a regional transfer center that provides one phone call access and support for patient transfers into and out of the HCA Gulf Coast Division Affiliated Hospitals as well as access to ground and air transportation within a 150- mile radius. For more information, visitwww.HCAGulfCoast.com

About the American College of Cardiology The American College of Cardiology is the professional home for the entire cardiovascular care team.

The mission of the College and its more than 52,000 members is to transform cardiovascular care and to improve heart health. The ACC leads in the formation of health policy, standards and guidelines.

The College operates national registries to measure and improve care, offers cardiovascular accreditation to hospitals and institutions, provides professional medical education, disseminates cardiovascular research and bestows credentials upon cardiovascular specialists who meet stringent qualifications. For more information about ACC Accreditation Services, visit accreditation.acc.org, or call toll-free 1- 877-271-4176

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