Renown Health Announces Chest Pain Center to Diagnose Heart Attacks Faster|
RENO, Nev. (June 29, 2009) – As the region’s only level II trauma center and as a leader in cardiac care for more than 30 years, Renown Health announces the region’s first and only Chest Pain Center. This diagnostic center will offer proven protocols to help physicians identify the early stages of a heart attack, which might otherwise go undiagnosed.
“Establishment of a Chest Pain Center in an emergency department has been shown to reduce mortality rates from an AMI (acute myocardial infarction) or a heart attack by nearly 40 percent,” said Ron Laxton, RN, CEO at Renown Regional Medial Center.
More than five million Americans visit hospitals each year with chest pain. The Renown chest pain team members are experts in caring for patients with chest pain whether or not they are having a heart attack. Consumer benefits of having a chest pain center include the following.
Studies have shown that when patients receive treatment within 90 minutes after having a heart attack, the ability to save damaged heart muscle is greatly increased. In terms of the door-to-balloon time, the time between when the patient presents with chest pain symptoms and receives an artery intervention such as an angioplasty, time translates to (heart) muscle, and every minute counts.
The heart attack that needs the quickest response is known as an ST segment Elevation Myocardial Infarction or STEMI. A quick and systematic response offers the best chance for an optimal outcome.
“Our commitment to providing fast, efficient, quality care for heart attack patients is stronger than ever,” Laxton said. “We created a response team in May to improve our process of caring for heart attack patients and since we implemented our Code STEMI response team, our average door-to-balloon time in May and June was 62 minutes. REMSA, our local emergency medical services providers, is in constant contact with us when they bring in patients with chest pain and who show signs of a heart attack. The second the ambulance arrives, we’re ready.”
Renown’s pursuit for a chest pain center accreditation depends on its continued ability to meet or exceed a wide set of stringent criteria. According to the Society of Chest Pain Centers, chest pain centers are expected to demonstrate expertise and commitment to quality patient care including the following.
In conjunction with quality cardiac care, Renown Regional is designated as the region’s only Blue Distinction Center for Cardiac Care by Anthem Blue Cross/Blue Shield. The Renown Institute for Heart & Vascular Health is also the first and only in the region to receive accreditation by the Intersocietal Commission for the Accreditation of Echo Laboratories. Its vascular lab is also accredited by the Intersocietal Commission for the Accreditation of Vascular Laboratories.
Renown Health has long been recognized as a pioneer in the diagnosis and treatment of heart-related illness. More cardiovascular procedures are done at Renown than anywhere else in the region. Renown has also introduced many of the community’s cardiovascular milestones including the first open-heart surgery, first cardiac angioplasty and first heart catheterization.
In 2008, Renown Regional became the first hospital between Seattle, Wash. and Long Beach, Cal. to perform a da Vinci® Mitral Valve Repair; was the first hospital in the state to use the Talent Abdominal Stent Graft; introduced the first true 64-slice CT scanner that successfully detected coronary artery disease in two separate pediatric patients and was among the first in the nation and first in the state to implant the new implantable cardioverter defibrillator called TELIGEN. The health network was also the first to partner with BioMedix and introduce PADNet Screenings designed to detect peripheral artery disease.
When it comes to choosing the right hospital for heart and vascular health, experience counts. More cardiovascular procedures are performed at Renown Institute for Heart & Vascular Health than anywhere else in northern Nevada. It’s no wonder that the Institute has more than 30 years of recognition as the region’s leader of heart and vascular care.
Renown is committed to providing a level of skill, expertise and technology normally found in much larger communities so that patients do not have to leave the community to receive the high level of care they expect and deserve.
The organization is also committed to bringing in high caliber physicians and the necessary tools and equipment to meet the needs of the region’s growing population. Renown’s cardiac physicians have access to sophisticated diagnostic and surgical equipment such as the da Vinci® S HD™ Robotic Surgical System, 64-slice CT scanner, nuclear medicine, MRI and cardiac catheterization so patients can be diagnosed and treated quickly.
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