The Medical Center Chest Pain Center team is on call 24 hours, and every department from EMS to the nursing staff follows stringent protocols to ensure that patients receive efficient and accurate treatment during the early stages of a heart attack.
Calling 911 at the first signs of a heart attack gets you in the healthcare system to ensure that assessment and treatment begins well before you reach The Medical Center. Knowing the warning signs of a heart attack can save your life.
The Medical Center is the 40th accredited chest pain center in the nation and the only hospital in Southcentral Kentucky with Full Cycle III accreditation with PCI from the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care.
Percutaneous coronary intervention, commonly referred to as PCI, is the use of cardiac catheterization to treat the narrowed coronary arteries of the heart. It allows cardiologists to go directly to the source of an obstruction, thus preserving heart muscle and potentially reducing mortality.
The Chest Pain Center at The Medical Center has demonstrated its expertise and commitment to quality patient care by meeting or exceeding a wide set of stringent criteria and completeing on-site evaluations by a review team from the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care. Key areas in which a Chest Pain Center must demonstrate expertise include:
- 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 Chest Pain Center personnel competency and training
- 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