Polk Medical Center has earned reaccreditation as a Chest Pain Center from the American College of Cardiology. Hospitals that have earned accreditation have proven their expertise in evaluating, diagnosing and treating people who are experiencing heart attack symptoms.
During an onsite evaluation by the American College of Cardiology, Polk was assessed on every point in the care process.
These care points included pre-hospital care provided by Floyd EMS, evaluating symptoms, diagnosis, which may include an EKG and bloodwork, treatment, transfer protocols to Floyd Medical Center if needed, discharge care guidelines and recommendations for lifestyle changes.
If someone is experiencing a heart attack, the quicker that blood flow is restored, the better the chances of recovery.
At Polk Medical Center, the response time for treating individuals experiencing heart attack symptoms exceeds national and state averages. For the last two quarters, Polk has been at 29 minutes response time for door in-door out for heart attack patients. The national average is 62 minutes, and the state average is 64 minutes. Door in-door out is the time before a patient is transferred to another hospital for further treatment.
"Being accredited by the American College of Cardiology is an honor. This recognition exemplifies Polk Medical Center's commitment to providing exceptional care. I am proud of the entire Polk Medical Center team for their accomplishment," Polk Medical Center Administrator and Chief Nursing Officer Tifani P. Kinard said.
This reaccreditation is effective for three years.