INDIANAPOLIS, Indiana – Franciscan Health Indianapolis has been reaccredited as a Chest Pain Center with Primary Percutaneous Coronary Intervention (PCI) by the American College of Cardiology (ACS).
The hospital and its Franciscan Health Heart Center Indianapolis team have been awarded re-accreditation for an additional three years, a continuation of our accreditation of the past 12 years. The designation follows rigorous on-site evaluation of the staff's ability to evaluate, diagnose and treat patients who may be experiencing a heart attack.
PCI – also known as coronary angioplasty – is a non-surgical procedure that opens narrowed or blocked coronary arteries with a balloon. The procedure relieves symptoms of heart disease or reduces heart damage during or after a heart attack. In many cases, a stent is placed in conjunction with the PCI to keep the blocked artery open.
"Achieving re-accreditation is the end result of a journey that establishes new protocols of cardiac care, not only for the patient experiencing a heart attack, but to the low-risk chest pain patient seeking diagnosis and treatment," said Terri Ruff, vice president of clinical services for Franciscan Health. "More so, it attests to the hard work, commitment and professionalism of our Heart Center team as they care for our patients."
Hospitals earning accreditation as an ACC Chest Pain Center have streamlined their systems from admission, diagnosis and treatment all the way to appropriate post-discharge care. Additionally, they have formal agreements with other medical facilities that regularly refer heart attack patients to their facilities for primary PCI.
"Franciscan Health has demonstrated its commitment to providing central Indiana with excellent heart care," said Phillip D. Levy, MD, chair of the ACC Accreditation Management Board.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that more than 730,000 Americans suffer heart attacks annually. The most common symptoms for both men and women is chest pain or discomfort. However, women are more likely to have atypical symptoms.
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