CHRISTUS Highland Medical Center’s Chest Pain Center receives prestigious national recognition

The American College of Cardiology has recognized CHRISTUS Highland Medical Center for its demonstrated expertise and commitment in treating patients with chest pain. CHRISTUS Highland Medical Center was recently awarded Chest Pain Center Accreditation with Primary PCI based on rigorous onsite evaluation of the staff’s ability to evaluate, diagnose and treat patients who may be experiencing a heart attack.

“Accreditation is providing optimum care for the spectrum of cardiac patients – from low risk (those experiencing chest pains who require follow-up with a cardiologist) to the worst type of heart attack (STEMI). We use evidence-based practices, provide constant, on-going training of staff and have expert physicians on staff; our priority is to provide the highest level of care. Anyone who comes to CHRISTUS with a heart attack is assured they are getting the best care for their heart,” said Celia Carr, Chest Pain Coordinator, CHRISTUS Highland Medical Center.

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. Other heart attack symptoms include, but are not limited to, 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.

Percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) is also known as coronary angioplasty. It 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. As required to meet the criteria of the accreditation designation, they have 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.

“CHRISTUS Highland Medical Center has demonstrated its commitment to providing Shreveport-Bossier with excellent heart care,” said Deepak L. Bhatt, MD, MPH, FACC, chair of the ACC Accreditation Management Board. “ACC Accreditation Services is proud to award CHRISTUS Highland Medical Center with Chest Pain Center with Primary PCI Accreditation.”

Hospitals receiving Chest Pain Center with Primary PCI Accreditation from the ACC must take part in a multi-faceted clinical process that involves: completing a gap analysis; examining variances of care, developing an action plan; a rigorous onsite 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.

“This is continued demonstration of optimal heart care for our patients remaining a priority as a cardiovascular center of excellence. Our cardiologists and heart surgeons work collaboratively to provide advanced heart care and results in exceptional outcomes for our patients. Those suffering from chest pains or a heart attack are no exception,” said Steen Trawick, M.D., Chief Executive Officer and Chief Medical Officer, CHRISTUS Shreveport-Bossier Health System.

CHRISTUS Shreveport-Bossier Health System has grown significantly in cardiovascular services over the last decade, thanks to the outstanding care provided by our cardiology physician partners at Advanced Cardiovascular Services (ACS), as well as our cardiovascular surgeons Timothy Danish, M.D., John Evans, M.D., and Mary Mancini, M.D. CHRISTUS Highland Medical Center is known as a destination for comprehensive, high quality heart care and as a cardiovascular center of excellence. CHRISTUS Shreveport-Bossier Health System has invested over $100 million dollars over the last 5-7 years to build out state-of-the-art facilities including a Hybrid Operating Room (OR), Catheterization (Cath) Labs and Electrophysiology (EP) Lab at the Highland campus. North Louisiana and East Texas residents no longer need to travel to larger cities like Dallas, New Orleans or even Little Rock for quality heart care, it is available here in Shreveport-Bossier.

The ACC offers U.S. and international hospitals like CHRISTUS Highland Medical Center access to a comprehensive suite of 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.