TGMC Chest Pain Center Earns Prestigious International Accreditation


TerrebonneGeneral Medical Center (TGMC) Chest Pain Center was recently surveyed by the internationallyrecognized Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care (SCPS) and was awarded thehighest level of accreditation joining an elite group of hospitals in the worldwho have achieved this distinct designation.South Louisiana has the one ofthe highest incidences of heart disease in the nation, therefore knowing wherethe nearest accredited chest pain center is, the greater the chance ofsurvival. 

As the leader in Cardiovascular Care in both the Region and the State,TGMC earned high marks through this process with 98% of acute myocardialinfarction (heart attack) patients receiving percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI)within 52 minutes of arrival or less, which compared to the national average of90 minutes is extraordinary.  PCI opensblocked blood vessels and restores blood flow to the heart. The earlier PCI isperformed, the more effective it is. 

TGMC continues to be on the forefront of interventional cardiac care withthe themost technologically advanced  heart catherization and peripheral labs, state-of-the-art cardiac operating suites, and innovative andprogressive research techniques performed only at TGMC by the  top leading internationally recognized cardiologist  and cardiovascular specialists.    

TGMCChest Pain Center pursued this prestigious accreditation to validate thequality of care that the hospital provides in comparison to the internationalbenchmarks.  TGMC is now proven to have ahigher level of expertise in dealing with patients who arrive with symptoms ofa heart attack.  With Chest PainAccreditation, TGMC Chest Pain Center is now a preeminent provider of theforemost recognized chest-pain diagnostic protocols to patients in STATE.  

Thissignificant accreditation was achieved with a tremendous amount of coordinationand dedication between TGMC’s physicians, professional staff and the hospital’semergency service provider, Acadian Ambulance.To help decrease the treatment time for cardiac patients, TGMC was theonly hospital to invest in the LIFENET® System which allows EKG results to betransmitted from Acadian Ambulance directly to TGMC’s emergencydepartment.  This vital informationallows physicians to read the results while the patient is in route andnecessary preparations can be made for immediate treatment.  In somecases, patients having a heart attack can go directly to the Cardiac CatheterizationLab to save precious time. 

“Ourdedicated professionals are proud to be awarded Chest Pain Centeraccreditation,” said Phyllis Peoples, President and CEO at TGMC. “Improving theearly diagnosis and treatment used in treating chest pain and heart attack furtherdemonstrates our commitment to providing compassionate care for our region.It’s been a multi-faceted and comprehensive process that’s finally come tofruition thanks to the dedication of TGMC physicians, staff, partners andadministration.”

TGMC’s was also recognized for its effortsin community prevention, screening, Early Heart Attack Care (EHAC) and thebenefits of getting help immediately to minimize damage. “A key element to thisrecognition includes TGMC’s commitment to education and prevention of heartdisease through our Healthy Lifestyles Center,” added Mrs. Peoples. 

The Accredited Chest Pain Center at TGMC demonstrated itsexpertise and commitment to quality patient care by meeting or exceeding thefollowing wide set of stringent criteria and undergoing an onsite review by ateam of SCPC’s review specialist.   Key areas in which TGMC’s Accredited ChestPain Center demonstrated expertise include the following:


·Integrating the emergency department with the localemergency medical system

·Assessing, diagnosing, and treating patientsquickly

·Effectively treating patients with low risk foracute coronary syndrome and no assignable cause for their symptoms

·Continually seeking to improve processes andprocedures

·Ensuring Chest Pain Center personnel competency andtraining

·Maintaining organizational structure and commitment

·Having a functional design that promotes optimalpatient care

·Supporting community outreach programs that educatethe public to promptly seek medical care if they display symptoms of a possible heart attack.


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