CTMC's Chest Pain Center reaccredited by the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care
SAN MARCOS, TEXAS
– In August, Central Texas Medical Center (CTMC) achieved reaccreditation for its Chest Pain Center, a process that must be conducted every three years.
An on-site visit from the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care (SCPC) was the final step in the reaccreditation process. In the months leading up to the inspection, CTMC’s cardiac team strictly evaluated its procedures and conducted drills to assess their course of action for treating heart attack patients.
“Our goal is to enhance patient care. So if we identify an area for improvement during a drill, we make appropriate changes in our processes,” said CTMC Cardiac Catheterization Director Bea Tyler.
CTMC first became an Accredited Chest Pain Center in 2011 after engaging in rigorous evaluation by the SCPC for ability to receive, assess, diagnose and treat patients suffering from chest pain or other potential heart attack symptoms by immediately following specific protocols and procedures. To the communities served by CTMC, this means that processes are in place that meet strict criteria aimed at:
• Reducing the time from onset of symptoms to diagnosis and treatment
• Treating patients more quickly during the critical window of time when the integrity of the heart muscle can be preserved
• Monitoring patients when it is not certain that they are having a heart attack to ensure that they are not sent home too quickly or needlessly admitted to the hospital
“It is an important asset for our community hospital to have Chest Pain Center accreditation because it advances the level of care we can provide locally without patients having to travel to surrounding, larger cities,” said Anthony Cedrone, MD, a San Marcos-based interventional cardiologist with Austin Heart. Dr. Cedrone recently moved to San Marcos to be the medical director of the program.
Since receiving Accredited Chest Pain Center status in 2011, CTMC has made many more significant strides in cardiac care.
Here’s a quick summary of recent accomplishments CTMC has achieved to advance cardiac care available locally.
2011 - The 178-bed hospital became an Accredited Chest Pain center by the Society of Chest Pain Centers. The accreditation enhanced CTMC’s ability to receive, assess, diagnose and treat patients suffering from chest pain or other potential heart attack symptoms by immediately following specific protocols and procedures.
2012 - CTMC added a second interventional cardiac catheterization lab to allow for emergent procedures. Procedures include: treating patients actively having a heart attack; diagnosing and treating blockages of coronary arteries with balloon angioplasty and placement of coronary stents; permanent pacemaker implants; diagnosing and treating vascular disease in the arteries of the legs and arms with angioplasty and placement of stents.
2012 – CTMC earned the Mission: Lifeline Bronze Quality Achievement recognition for using evidence-based guidelines to provide the best possible care to patients through the American Heart Association / American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines® and Mission: Lifeline® programs.
2013 - After rigorous review, The Joint Commission and The American Heart Association/American Stroke Association recognized CTMC with Advanced Certification for Primary Stroke Centers. CTMC’s Primary Stroke Center Certification has demonstrated that their program meets critical elements of performance to achieve long-term success in improving outcomes for stroke patients.
2013 – CTMC was recognized as a Fit-Friendly Worksite in San Marcos. The Fit-Friendly Worksites Recognition Program is an award given by the American Heart Association's My Heart. My Life. initiative. It recognizes worksites for making the health and wellness of employees a top priority.
2013 – CTMC introduces Cardiac Rehabilitation Unit to continue the progress of patients after suffering a cardiac event. After a physician refers a patient to the program, CTMC’s team leads them through a comprehensive, personalized exercise and healthy living program with an emphasis on cardiovascular health, muscular strength and flexibility.
2014 – CTMC expands heart attack care by facilitating 24/7 coverage of interventional cardiac catheterization lab. Through a partnership with Austin Heart, a team of interventional cardiologists is now providing interventional cardiac services around the clock at CTMC.
For more information about cardiac services offered at CTMC, please visit ctmc.org
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The hospital, which originated in 1923 as Hays County Soldiers, Sailors and Marines Memorial Hospital, was restructured in 1960. The present facility was opened at its current Wonder World Drive location in 1983. The CTMC staff of more than 600 employees works with more than 220 active and consulting physicians to provide quality services to patients and their families.
In addition, over 200 community members and interns from area educational institutions volunteer their services to the hospital. In 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013, CTMC was named The Best Hospital in Hays County. CTMC also added a certified Chest Pain Center to its ER capabilities in 2011 and became an accredited Primary Stroke Center in 2013. In 2012, CTMC became the first operating room along the IH-35 corridor between Austin and San Antonio to be equipped with a da Vinci robotic-assisted surgery suite.
CTMC is a member of the Adventist Health System (AHS), a not-for-profit healthcare organization that emphasizes Christ at the center of care. Founded in 1973, Adventist Health System is a national leader in quality, safety and patient satisfaction. Today, Adventist Health System supports 45 campuses in 10 states and employs nearly 70,000 individuals. Adventist Health System hospitals are comprised of more nearly 8,300 licensed beds, providing care for 4.5 million patients each year in inpatient, outpatient and emergency room visits.