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Hospital Earns Chest Pain Center Accreditation

Leesburg Regional Medical Center provides necessary care and resources to patients with heart attack symptoms 

The American College of Cardiology (ACC) has recognized Leesburg Regional Medical Center (LRMC) for its demonstrated expertise and commitment in treating patients with chest pain. The hospital was awarded Chest Pain Center Accreditation with Primacy PCI and Resuscitation  based on rigorous onsite evaluation of the staff’s ability to evaluate, diagnose and treat patients who may be experiencing a heart attack.  

“The achievement of this prestigious accreditation not only represents our clinical care team’s commitment to excellence but also their unwavering dedication to improving heart and vascular care for our local residents and their families,” says Don Henderson, President and CEO of Central Florida Health—the not-for-profit parent company of LRMC.

According to the Centers 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 including, but are not limited to, tingling or discomfort in one or both arms, back, shoulder, 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.

“ACC Accreditation Services is proud to bestow Chest Pain Center with Primary PCI and Resuscitation Accreditation on Leesburg Regional Medical Center,” said Abraham Joseph, vice president of ACC Accreditation Services. “We commend the team for its demonstrated commitment to providing Lake and Sumter Counties with excellent cardiac care.”

Hospitals that have earned ACC Chest Pain Center with Primary PCI and Resuscitation Accreditation 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.

“In an effort to eliminate heart disease as a leading cause of death, we utilize protocols proven by research and patient outcomes to be the best practice,” said Mary Beth Morris, Stroke and Chest Pain Coordinator at LRMC. “Accreditation shows our commitment as a health provider in striving to improve the quality of our patients’ lives. Our organization includes two out of the only twelve hospitals in Florida to achieve this level of accreditation.”

Hospitals receiving the accreditation 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.



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