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February 4, 2021

Trumbull Regional Medical Center Achieves Highest-Level of Chest Pain Accreditation

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The hospital is the Mahoning Valley’s only accredited Chest Pain Center.

Trumbull Regional Medical Center is proud to announce the achievement of the highest-level Chest Pain Accreditation available through the American College of Cardiology—Chest Pain v6 Accreditation.

The American College of Cardiology has recognized Trumbull Regional for its demonstrated expertise and commitment in treating patients with chest pain. Trumbull Regional was awarded Chest Pain Center v6 Accreditation with Primary PCI and Resuscitation based on a rigorous onsite evaluation of the staff’s ability to evaluate, diagnose and treat patients who may be experiencing a heart attack. Achieving this accreditation means the hospital has a higher level of expertise in dealing with patients who present with symptoms of a heart attack.

According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 730,000 Americans suffer a heart attack each year. The most common symptom of a heart attack for both men and women is chest pain or discomfort. However, women are more likely to have atypical symptoms. Other heart attack symptoms include, but are not limited to, tingling or discomfort in one or both arms, back, shoulders, neck or jaw, shortness of breath, cold sweat, unusual tiredness, heartburn-like feeling, nausea or vomiting, sudden dizziness and fainting.

Percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) is also known as coronary angioplasty. It is a non-surgical procedure that 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.

Hospitals that have earned ACC Chest Pain Center Accreditation with Primary PCI and Resuscitation have proven exceptional competency in treating patients with heart attack symptoms and have primary PCI available 24/7 every day of the year. As required to meet the criteria of the accreditation designation, they comply with standard Chest Pain Center protocols and are equipped with a robust hypothermia program for post-cardiac arrest treatment. These facilities also maintain a "No Diversion Policy" for out-of-hospital cardiac arrest patients.

“Trumbull Regional Medical Center has demonstrated its commitment to providing the Mahoning Valley with exceptional cardiac care” said Krista McFadden, President of Trumbull Regional Medical Center. “We are very proud of the work of our incredible emergency department, skilled cardiac team, and our emergency service partners for their work in achieving this impressive accreditation.”

Hospitals receiving Chest Pain Center Accreditation with Primary PCI and Resuscitation from the ACC must take part in a multi-faceted clinical process that involves completing a gap analysis; examining variances of care, developing an action plan; a rigorous onsite review; and monitoring for sustained success. Improved methods and strategies of caring for patients include streamlining processes, implementing of guidelines and standards, and adopting best practices in the care of patients experiencing the signs and symptoms of a heart attack. Facilities that achieve accreditation meet or exceed an array of stringent criteria and have organized a team of doctors, nurses, clinicians, and other administrative staff that earnestly support the efforts leading to better patient education and improved patient outcomes.

“We are proud to be the Mahoning Valley’s only accredited Chest Pain Center” said Melissa Herman, Director of Cardiothoracic and Vascular Services and Critical Care. “This accreditation helps demonstrate that when seconds count during a heart attack, Trumbull Regional is here for you and your family. We are ready to provide the care you need using the most advanced technology available.”

To learn more about Trumbull Regional Medical Center’s cardiac services visit trumbullregional.org/heart.