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Nash UNC heart care accredited

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BY AMELIA HARPER
Staff Writer

Monday, October 1, 2018

Nash UNC Health Care has earned its fourth recognition for heart care this year.

The American College of Cardiology recognized Nash UNC Health Care this month with the ACC Chest Pain Center with Primary PCI Accreditation for its work with percutaneous coronary intervention and its commitment to providing care and treatment to patients with chest pain.

“This accreditation is certainly rewarding for our staff, especially those in the emergency department and heart center who have worked so diligently, but we want to make sure our community members know what this means for them,” Nash UNC Health Care President and CEO Dr. L. Lee Isley said in a press release. “This is national recognition that our hospital is offering excellent cardiovascular care and treatment.”

Isley said the recognition represents a collaborative effort between providers in the community.

“While Nash UNC receives the award, this is a team effort involving many partners,” he said. “Many of our patients are cared for and transported by Nash County Emergency Medical Services, who play an important, time-sensitive role in identifying and transporting heart attack patients to the Emergency Department. Additionally, the growing partnership between UNC Cardiology, Nash UNC and Boice-Willis Cardiology allows us to provide world-class heart care to patients right here in our community.”

According to the release from the hospital, percutaneous coronary intervention, or PCI, is a nonsurgical procedure that improves flow of blood to a patient’s heart by opening a narrowed or blocked coronary artery. PCI uses cardiac catheterization, the insertion of a thin, flexible tube into the patient’s arm or groin, and an injection of contrast dye. With the use of sophisticated technology, an interventional cardiologist is able to see and treat coronary blockages, relieving symptoms of heart disease or reducing heart damage during or after a heart attack.

“Hospitals that have earned ACC Chest Pain Center with Primary PCI Accreditation have proven exceptional competency in treating patients with heart attack symptoms and have primary PCI available 24/7 every day of the year. As required to meet the criteria of the accreditation designation, they have streamlined their systems from admission to evaluation to diagnosis and treatment all the way through to appropriate post-discharge care and recommendations and assistance in patient lifestyle changes,” Dr. Phillip D. Levy, chairman of the ACC Accreditation Management Board, said in the release.

Dr. Michael Yeung, interventional cardiologist and medical director for the Nash Heart Center, said the accreditation speaks to the level of care Nash UNC Health Care is able to offer.

“Nash went through a rigorous evaluation process to ensure that we offer the highest quality of cardiovascular care to patients coming in with chest pain. Being accredited means that we meet the same high standards of care as the best hospitals in the North Carolina area,” Yeung said.

Sarah Heenan, executive director of the Nash Heart Center, said the accreditation follows several other recently earned cardiovascular gold performance awards received from the American Heart Association and ACC’s ACTION Registry.

“With continual addition of specialized doctors, the scope of services offered by the Nash Heart Center has expanded dramatically to include balloon angioplasty, percutaneous stent placement and most recently, support services for cardiac valve replacement,” Heenan said in the release. “We continue to add services and grow our heart program to improve the scope of heart care available in this community. We want to deliver comprehensive cardiac care to our patients in the area.”

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