Bay Area Regional first and only hospital in Houston to achieve Chest Pain Center Accreditation with PCI and resuscitation
Bay Area Regional Medical Center is the first and only hospital in Houston and only the fifth in Texas to achieve Chest Pain Center Accreditation with PCI and Resuscitation from the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care (SCPC). This is the highest level Chest Pain Center Accreditation designated by SCPC.
“With national recognition as a leader in heart care, we prove once again that we are dedicated to providing exceptional state-of-the-art heart care, as demonstrated by our status as Houston’s first and only Accredited Chest Pain Center with PCI and Resuscitation,” said Tim Schmidt, CEO at Bay Area Regional. “Our goal is to make a positive difference in people’s lives, and we are doing that daily with a dedicated cardiology team and expert cardiovascular physicians and surgeons.”
Hospitals that receive accreditation status have achieved a higher level of expertise in dealing with patients who arrive with symptoms of a heart attack. “Our approach to any cardiac patient is evidence-based and protocol-driven, which allows a reduction in treatment time during the critical early stages of a heart attack,” said Dr. Dipsu Patel, Interventional Cardiologist at Bay Area Regional. “Accreditation status proves that Bay Area Regional provides a rapid response to heart attack activation in order to provide the quickest treatment and improved outcomes.”
Heart attacks are the leading cause of death in the United States, with 600,000 people dying annually of heart disease. More than five million Americans visit hospitals each year with chest pain. The goal is to significantly reduce the mortality rate of these patients by teaching the public to recognize and react to the early symptoms of a possible heart attack, reduce the time that it takes to receive treatment, and increase the accuracy and effectiveness of treatment.
The mission is to “improve lives and promote health and wellness in the Houston Bay Area with evidence-based medicine and exceptional care, said Trish Fountain, RN and Chest Pain Coordinator at Bay Area Regional. “By receiving a higher standard accreditation, we have proven our commitment to providing quality care of Acute Coronary Syndrome (ACS) patients and promoting community awareness of Early Heart Attack Care (EHAC).”
SCPC’s Accreditation process ensures that hospitals meet or exceed a wide set of stringent criteria and undergo a comprehensive onsite review by a team of accreditation review specialists.
By achieving SCPC’s Chest Pain Center Accreditation status, Bay Area Regional demonstrated expertise in the following areas:
- Integrating the emergency department with the local emergency medical system
- Assessing, diagnosing, and treating patients quickly
- Effectively treating patients with low risk for acute coronary syndrome and no assignable cause for their symptoms
- Continually seeking to improve processes and procedures
- Ensuring the competence and training of Accredited Chest Pain Center personnel
- Maintaining organizational structure and commitment
- Having a functional design that promotes optimal patient care
- Supporting community outreach programs that educate the public to promptly seek medical care if they display symptoms of a possible heart attack
If you experience symptoms of a heart attack, do your heart a favor and let Bay Area Regional’s Accredited Chest Pain Center with PCI and Resuscitation diagnose and treat you. For more information, visit www.barmc.us/chestpain.
About Bay Area Regional Medical Center
Bay Area Regional Medical Center is committed to providing the highest quality medical care while making a difference in people’s lives. A beautiful and modern healing environment, Bay Area Regional provides exceptional care, delivered with the latest and safest medical technologies. The hospital first opened its doors in July 2014 with 104 beds and is currently under construction to double the capacity, including expansion of the emergency room, operating room and cardiac catheterization lab, as well as a Women’s Center and NICU. With over 400 physicians on the medical staff, Bay Area Regional offers services such as heart and vascular care, orthopedics, neurosurgery, bariatrics, radiology, general surgery, physical and occupational therapy, sports medicine, pain management and more. For more information about Bay Area Regional Medical Center or to find a physician, visit www.BARMC.us.