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Saturday, June 12, 2010

MTMC Gets Chest Pain Accrediation

Middle Tennessee Medical Center announces that it has received Chest Pain Center Accreditation from the Society of Chest Pain Centers (SCPC), an international organization dedicated to eliminating heart disease as the number one cause of death worldwide.
MTMC’s Vice President of Patient Care Services and Chief Nursing Officer Michael Bratton said, “This accreditation is evidence of the hospital’s commitment to treating cardiac patients with the highest level of care.”
Hospitals that have this accreditation have achieved a higher level of expertise in dealing with patients who arrive with symptoms of a heart attack. Local Cardiologist Dr. Britt Mioton commented, “People tend to wait when they think they might be having a heart attack, and that’s a mistake. The average patient arrives in the emergency department more than two hours after the onset of symptoms, but what they don’t realize is that the sooner a heart attack is treated, the less damage to the heart and the better the outcome for the patient.”
To become an Accredited Chest Pain Center, MTMC engaged in rigorous evaluation by SCPC for its ability to assess, diagnose, and treat patients who may be experiencing a heart attack. To the community served by MTMC, this means that processes are in place that meet strict criteria aimed at:
  • Reducing the time from onset of symptoms to diagnosis and treatment
  • Treating patients more quickly during the critical window of time when the integrity of the heart muscle can be preserved
  • Monitoring patients when it is not certain that they are having a heart attack to ensure that they are not sent home too quickly or needlessly admitted to the hospital
Saint Thomas Heart at MTMC offers complete cardiac services, from the treatment of chest pain, to minimally invasive surgical procedures that provide quicker recoveries and fewer complications. For more information about Saint Thomas Heart at MTMC, visit www.MoreSurvivors.com.

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