The American College of Cardiology (ACC) has accredited Baptist Memorial Hospital-DeSoto for its “expertise and commitment” in treating patients with chest pain.
The ACC’s accreditation is based on onsite evaluation of the hospital’s ability to evaluate, diagnose and treat heart attack patients with a non-surgical procedure called percutaneous coronary intervention. PCI opens narrowed or blocked coronary arteries with a balloon to relieve symptoms of heart disease or reduce heart damage during or after a heart attack.
According to the ACC, hospitals that have earned this accreditation have proven exceptional competency in treating patients with heart attack symptoms and have PCI available 24/7 every day of the year. They have streamlined their systems and established formal agreements with other facilities that regularly refer heart attack patients to their facility for PCI.
“Baptist-DeSoto has demonstrated its commitment to providing excellent heart care,” said Dr. Phillip D. Levy, chair of the ACC Accreditation Management Board. “ACC is proud to award the hospital with chest pain accreditation.”
The ACC and American Heart Association are collaborating to offer U.S. hospitals like Baptist-DeSoto access to a comprehensive suite of co-branded cardiac accreditation services designed to optimize patient outcomes. These services are focused on all aspects of cardiac care, including emergency treatment of heart attacks.
“This accreditation is further proof of our commitment to provide world-class heart care to our community,” said James Huffman, CEO and administrator of Baptist-DeSoto. “It’s always nice to receive recognition from health care experts, but the real reward is the lives our team saves by using best practices to provide expert care.”