Carson Tahoe Health Receives Chest Pain Accreditation from American College of Cardiology


Carson Tahoe Health Receives Chest Pain Accreditation from American College of Cardiology


Wrapping up February as National Heart Health Month by celebrating regional access to heart care. After a review by the American College of Cardiology (ACC) in December, Carson Tahoe Regional Health Center (Carson Tahoe) has earned ‘Chest Pain Center’ accreditation by the organization, placing it among the top heart attack centers in the country. In its efforts to continue to provide excellent care to Northern Nevada patients, the team at Carson Tahoe, consisting of first responders, doctors, cardiac nurses and more, implemented a system that provides the best care for heart attack patients from the moment 9-1-1 is called until after a patient has left the hospital.

Vice President & Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Allen Fink, discusses the Chest Pain Center Accreditation and what that means for patients at Carson Tahoe Health.

“Receiving Chest Pain Center accreditation is an honor and further validates our commitment to providing skilled, efficient care to our patients,” says Kate Folmer, RN, CEN and Specialty Designations Clinical Coordinator at Carson Tahoe, “To earn this accreditation, we collaborated with our entire health system as we reviewed our data and elevated and streamlined our care processes.”

In the event of a heart attack, timing is critical and percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) is a minimally invasive procedure for treatment. The surgeon reopens a blocked or narrowed heart artery by inflating a small balloon in the blood vessel and, in some cases, places a stent to ensure it remains open. When a patient receives PCI treatment within 90 minutes of their arrival at the emergency department, they have the best chances at a successful recovery. Carson Tahoe was awarded Chest Pain Center with Primary PCI and Resuscitation accreditation, the highest level of accreditation available from the ACC.

To learn more about Carson Tahoe Health’s comprehensive cardiology program, visit CarsonTahoe.com/Heart and watch a video describing the destination here: https://youtu.be/Iyu-sqaPPCo