Parkland receives accreditation
DERRY — The American College of Cardiology (ACC) has recognized Parkland Medical Center for its demonstrated expertise and commitment in treating patients with chest pain. Parkland Medical Center was awarded Chest Pain Center Accreditation with Primary PCI based on rigorous onsite evaluation of the staff’s ability to evaluate, diagnose, and treat patients who may be experiencing a heart attack.
Percutaneous Coronary Intervention (PCI, formerly known as angioplasty with stent) is a non-surgical procedure using a catheter to place a stent to open up blood vessels in the heart that are becoming narrow.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 730,000 Americans suffer a heart attack each year.
“This accreditation is the direct result of the commitment from our local EMS personnel, emergency physicians, and staff who provide the most advanced life-saving care to those who are experiencing a heart attack,” said John Skevington, chief executive officer of Parkland Medical Center. “We are very proud of this designation and would like to recognize all EMS personnel, emergency physicians, New England Heart & Vascular Institute cardiologists, nurses, and members of the Chest Pain Center team for their commitment to providing high quality, life-saving care 24 hours a day, 365 days of the year.”