The First Citywide Network of Chest Pain Centers
When you are experiencing chest pain and possibly having a heart attack, every minute counts. Knowing where to go for the gold standard of emergency cardiac care can be the difference between life and death.
Wherever you see a Memorial Hermann hospital, you can be confident that the people inside are committed to providing world-class quality in delivery of emergency cardiac care.
Nine Accredited Chest Pain Centers
Each of the Memorial Hermann's nine hospitals now has an accredited Chest Pain Center, as designated by the Society of Chest Pain Centers (SCPC).
What is an Accredited Chest Pain Center?
Accredited Chest Pain Centers undergo a rigorous evaluation process by the SCPC based on their ability to assess, diagnose, and treat patients quickly and effectively, clinical outcome statistics and comparisons nationwide. Currently there are less than 400 accredited chest pain centers, only representing 10% of United States hospitals.
Shortening Time to Treatment for Heart Attack Patients
Working in partnership with EMS, emergency physicians, cardiologists and critical care nurses, a Chest Pain Center's goal is to shorten the time from a patient's initial cardiac symptoms to treatment.
Accredited Chest Pain Centers have been found to reduce the mortality rates of patients suffering from chest pain through a very specific protocol-driven and systematic approach which allows physicians to:
- Treat patients more quickly during the critical early stages of heart attack, when treatments are most effective
- Better monitor patients when it's not clear whether they are having a coronary event, which ensures that patients are not sent home too early or needlessly admitted