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Baylor Scott & White Hillcrest Medical Center achieves status as Accredited Chest Pain Center

WACO, Texas Baylor Scott & White Hillcrest Medical Center has achieved new status of Chest Pain Center Accreditation with PCI (percutaneous coronary intervention) from the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care (SCPC), an international organization that focuses on improving care and ending heart disease.

PCI includes coronary angioplasty and coronary stent placement, a therapeutic procedure used to treat narrowed arteries of the heart.

“Time is one of the critical elements when a person is having a heart attack,” said Jim Morrison, M.D., chief medical officer for Baylor Scott & White Hillcrest Medical Center. “The sooner a heart attack is recognized and treated, the less damage to the heart and the better the outcome for the patient.”

Heart attacks are the leading cause of death in the United States, with 600,000 people dying each year from heart disease. The SCPC goal is to reduce significantly 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.

Hospitals that have received SCPC accreditation are recognized as achieving a higher level of expertise in dealing with patients who arrive with symptoms of a heart attack. The society is recognized as a leader in emphasizing 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.

“We are committed to providing our patients quality care, and this achievement reflects the successful efforts of our entire team to meet or exceed higher standards,” said Dr. Morrison.

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