Northside Atlanta recognized for heart attack care

Posted on: December 19, 2016

 

Northside Hospital Atlanta has earned Disease Specific Certification for Acute Myocardial Infarction care from The Joint Commission.

Acute myocardial infarction (AMI) is the medical term for a heart attack. About 750,000 people in the U.S. have a heart attack each year, according to the American Heart Association (AHA).

“Time is critical in heart attack care,” said Dr. Jack Chen, Interventional Cardiologist, Northside Heart. “From the moment 911 is called, to when first responders arrive, how long it takes to get to the hospital and how long before treatment is administered – every minute matters.”

The Joint Commission’s Certification is a symbol of quality that reflects an organization’s commitment to providing safe and effective patient care. Northside received its two-year certification after undergoing a voluntary and rigorous on-site evaluation, demonstrating compliance with nationally developed standards for heart attack care.

Northside Hospital offers a wide range of diagnostic, treatment and support services for heart and vascular patients including PCI (percutaneous coronary intervention) for STEMI (ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction).

The hospital recently became the first in Atlanta to use Abbott Absorb dissolving stent to treat coronary artery disease.

A team of board-certified cardiologists, cardiac-trained nurses and technologists at Northside has the highest level of expertise in diagnosing and treating disorders like heart attacks, coronary artery blockages, congenital heart defects, heart failure and stroke.

“As a STEMI-receiving hospital, Northside Hospital has the expertise, equipment, facilities and other resources to perform PCI and help patients get the right care they need as quickly as possible,” said Patricia Tyson, director, Northside Hospital Heart and Vascular Institute. “We are committed to improving the standards of care and patient outcomes of our heart attack patients.”

The hospital’s cardiology team and emergency department staff work collaboratively with Sandy Springs and Fulton County EMS providers to ensure that patients receive access to care, with some of the fastest transfer times of the 19 hospitals in the Metro Atlanta Region, ahead of the region’s average of 76 minutes.

In addition to the Disease Specific Certification for AMI, Northside is an Advanced Primary Stroke Center. Earlier in 2016, the hospital also was recognized for providing high quality cardiovascular care through the AHA Mission: Lifeline and Get With The Guidelines® (GWTG) programs. The hospital received the American College of Cardiology’s NCDR ACTION Registry–GWTG Gold Performance Achievement Award, along with, and additional awards for heart attack, heart failure, resuscitation and stroke.

“These recognitions give us with the opportunity to highlight the compassionate and exceptional heart and vascular care we provide our patients,” said Tyson. “I couldn’t be more proud of our team of physicians, nurses and staff, who continually strive to advance our care even further each and every day.”

Read more about heart and vascular care at Northside.

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