Accredited Chest Pain Center with Primary PCI and Resuscitation

Tallahassee Memorial is recognized by the American College of Cardiology (ACC) as an Accredited Chest Pain Center with Primary PCI and Resuscitation — the highest level of accreditation for chest pain centers.
 

What does a "Chest Pain Center with Primary PCI and Resuscitation" accreditation mean?

The PCI designation means that we use a specialized treatment called percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) as the primary treatment for acute heart attacks. This ensures that patients experiencing an acute heart attack receive rapid treatment in the cardiac cath lab to minimize damage to the heart muscle. The resuscitation designation refers to our robust hypothermia program for post-cardiac arrest patients, which is designed to temporarily lower a patient's body temperature to reduce the risk of brain damage. 

One in four heart attack victims will have a severe enough heart attack to require PCI in order to open clogged arteries and restore blood flow to the heart.

Requirements for a Primary PCI and Resuscitation Designation

To qualify for the PCI and Resuscitation designation, a hospital must demonstrate its expertise and commitment to quality patient care by meeting or exceeding a wide set of stringent criteria. If these requirements are met, the American College of Cardiology then conducts an on-site evaluation.

Criteria for Accreditation

  • Integrating the emergency department with the local emergency medical system
  • Assessing, diagnosing, and treating patients quickly and continually improving treatment processes and procedures
  • Effectively treating patients with low risk for acute coronary syndrome and no assignable cause for their symptoms
  • Having a robust hypothermia program for post-cardiac arrest patients 
  • Ensuring Chest Pain Center personnel have a high level of 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

Heart Attack Tips Resources

When it comes to heart attacks, time is muscle, so knowing the signs and symptoms is essential to getting help quickly.

Visit the pages below for tips on identifying heart attacks, your risk for developing heart disease, and tips for living a heart-healthier life.

  • Heart Attack Signs & Symptoms – If you or someone you know is having a heart attack, call 911 immediately, and ask them to bring you to our Accredited Chest Pain Center with PCI and Resuscitation for treatment.
  • Our Women’s Heart Program – What women need to know about heart disease and tips for living a heart-healthy life.