Chest pain center


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Heart attack is the leading cause of death in the U.S. The accredited chest pain center at ETMC in Tyler was created with the goal of changing this statistic through education, prevention and early treatment of heart attack.

Medical professionals at the chest pain center follow a systematic approach that saves time during the critical early stages of heart attack, when treatments are most effective.

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The ETMC Cardiovascular Institute chest pain center is accredited by the Society of Chest Pain Centers, an international organization dedicated to eliminating heart disease.

To earn this distinction, the chest pain center has met or exceeded a number of stringent criteria, completed on-site evaluations and demonstrated expertise and commitment to quality patient care.

Key areas of excellence include

  • integration of emergency department and EMS system
  • rapid assessment and treatment of patients
  • effective treatment of low-risk patients with no assignable cause of symptoms
  • ongoing improvement of processes and procedures
  • staff competency and training
  • organizational structure and commitment to optimal patient care
  • community outreach programs that educate people to seek immediate medical care when experiencing symptoms of heart attack

content-nurse-hackerThe chest pain center is not a place. It’s a promise.

A chest pain center is an overall organizational approach to the care of chest pain patients. Jeri Hacker, RN, ETMC Cardiovascular Institute quality improvement manager, explained:

“It starts with EMS and then it goes to the emergency room, to the cath lab, and perhaps the surgical area. It goes out to the nursing floors. It touches the lab and X-ray department. All of those areas have to come together very rapidly to care for a patient. Every three years they come out with increased quality standards. And you have to meet those goals. If you don’t meet those goals, you don’t qualify for reaccreditation. Quality improvement involves the entire system.”
– Jeri Hacker, RN, ETMC Cardiovascular Institute quality improvement manager

ETMC physicians are in-network providers for Medicaid, Medicare and most insurance plans. To learn more, call the ETMC Cardiovascular Institute chest pain center at 903-535-6496.