EL CENTRO – January 24, 2018 – El Centro Regional Medical Center
(ECRMC) announced today that it has received Chest Pain Center Accreditation
from the American College of Cardiology (ACC).
The hospital was recognized for its demonstrated expertise and commitment
in treating patients with chest pain. ECRMC was awarded accreditation
after onsite evaluation of the staff’s ability to evaluate, diagnose
and treat patients who may be experiencing a heart attack.
More than 730,000 American suffer heart attacks each year, according to
the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Hospitals that have earned
ACC Chest Pain Accreditation have proven exceptional competency in treating
patients with heart attack symptoms. ECRMC sees an average of 200 acute
coronary syndrome (ACS) patients per month.
“ACC Accreditation Services is proud to bestow Chest Pain Center
Accreditation to ECRMC,” said Abraham Joseph, vice president of
ACC Accreditation Service. “We commend ECRMC for its demonstrated
commitment to providing Imperial County with excellent cardiac care.”
Chest Pain Center Accreditation is a designation for those facilities that
do not have primary PCI coverage every day of the year. Facilities with
this designation will have a robust detailed transfer/referral protocol
in place, which addresses transfer procedures and/or fibrinolytic therapy
if the expected First Medical Contact (FMC) to intervention time will
exceed 120 minutes.
“We are very pleased to have received this accreditation,”
said Dr. Adolphe Edward, Chief Executive Officer of ECRMC. “Our
medical staff works diligently to ensure every patient receives excellent
care. In addition, we work to educate the public about the importance
of cardiac care and recognizing early signs of cardiac emergencies to
improve survival rates in our community.”
With this accreditation, ECRMC has access to a comprehensive suite of co-branded
cardiac services designed to optimize patient outcomes and improve hospital
performance. Throughout the year ECRMC will use these services to further
improve care for patients in Imperial County.
El Centro Regional Medical Center is an acute-care medical center, serving
the health care needs of the Imperial Valley since 1956. In addition to
the 161-bed hospital, ECRMC also owns and operates the Oncology &
Hematology of Imperial Valley, Wound Healing Center and outpatient clinics
in El Centro and Calexico. The outpatient centers provide exceptional
primary and specialty care for residents seeking enhanced well-being and
improved quality of life.