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Wheeling Hospital Reaccredited as Chest Pain Center with PCI

January 17, 2020

WHEELING, W.Va. – Wheeling Hospital has once again earned full accreditation as a Chest Pain Center with Primary PCI.

The hospital has been an accredited Chest Pain Center with Primary PCI since 2009, as designated by the American College of Cardiology (ACC) Accreditation Services.

Douglass Harrison, hospital CEO, said, “The accreditation means there is a unified and effective approach by emergency squads, the Emergency-Trauma Center, Cardiac Cath Lab, inpatient cardiac units and Cardiac Rehabilitation in treating patients with chest pain, heart attack and cardiac arrest. We are providing optimal care from initial treatment to discharge home. To be the best in the state and among the elite few nationwide is a testament to the staff’s dedication to deliver the highest level of patient care. This accreditation is very good news for area residents.”

The accreditation includes chest pain and PCI (percutaneous coronary intervention).

“Chest pain care involves the diagnosis and treatment of patients who have pain that could be related to coronary artery disease. It includes testing, medical management and when necessary cardiac catheterization,” said Susie Fullerton, Chest Pain Center coordinator. “Primary PCI is the emergency treatment of blocked coronary arteries, using balloon angioplasty to open vessels, and then the insertion of stents to keep the arteries open. “

Interventional cardiologist Dr. Triston Smith, chief of Cardiology, said, “We are proud of what we have accomplished here. Our staff is committed to compassionate and effective patient care. But we also have to thank our local emergency medical services personnel, who are the first ones to treat the patients as they are transported to our hospital. They play a key role in the chain of events that leads to good patient outcomes.

"Maintaining this certification demonstrates our stated commitment to providing quality evidence based cardiovascular care to our patients.”

An Accredited Chest Pain Center’s evidence-based, protocol-driven and systematic approach to cardiac patient care allows clinicians to reduce time to treatment during the critical early stages of a heart attack. Accredited facilities better monitor patients when it is not initially clear whether a patient is having a coronary event. Such monitoring ensures patients are neither sent home too early nor needlessly admitted.

The accreditation ensures hospitals meet or exceed an array of stringent criteria and undergo a comprehensive onsite review by a team of accreditation review specialists.

Hospitals that receive an accreditation status have achieved a higher level of expertise in dealing with patients who present with symptoms of a heart attack. They emphasize the importance of standardized diagnostic and treatment programs that provide more efficient and effective evaluation as well as more appropriate and rapid treatment of patients with chest pain and other heart attack symptoms. They also serve as a point of entry into the health care system to evaluate and treat other medical problems, and they help to promote a healthier lifestyle in an attempt to reduce the risk factors for heart attack.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more than 730,000 Americans suffer a heart attack each year. More than 5 million Americans visit hospitals each year with chest pain. The ACC’s and Wheeling Hospital’s goal is to significantly reduce the mortality rate of these patients by teaching the public to recognize and react to the early symptoms of a possible heart attack, reduce the time that it takes to receive treatment and increase the accuracy and effectiveness of treatment.

Wheeling Hospital has received numerous accreditations and other awards for its treatment of chest pain and heart attack. Over the past years, it has introduced several advanced minimally invasive treatments designed to improve cardiac patient outcomes.

Wheeling Hospital’s interventional cardiology team includes Smith, Dr. Deepak Hooda and Dr. Gregory Suero.

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