Tennova Healthcare-Clarksville receives chest pain center re-accreditation


CLARKSVILLE, TN – For a fifth consecutive time, The American College of Cardiology has recognized Tennova Healthcare – Clarksville for its demonstrated expertise and commitment to treating patients with chest pain. Tennova was awarded Chest Pain Center Accreditation with Primary PCI based on a rigorous evaluation of the staff’s ability to evaluate, diagnose and treat patients who may be experiencing a heart attack.

“Our team worked diligently to implement a protocol-driven approach to heart care which allows us to reduce time-to-treatment during the critical first stages of a heart attack,” said Tennova Healthcare – Clarksville Chief Executive Officer Andrew Emery. “We want everyone to know that the sooner a heart attack is treated, the less damage to the heart and the better the outcome for the patient. Montgomery County’s EMS personnel are well trained in cardiac care and they provide vital care to the patient even before they reach our ER. EMS personnel can activate our heart team remotely, enabling our team to anticipate their arrival. The teamwork between EMS and our hospital staff helps save lives every day in our communities.”

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 the ACC Chest Pain Center with Primary PCI 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, Tennova has streamlined the systems from admission to evaluation to diagnosis and treatment all the way through to appropriate post-discharge care, as well as recommendations and assistance in patient lifestyle changes. In addition, Tennova Healthcare – Clarksville has formal agreements with other facilities that regularly refer heart attack patients to our facility for primary PCI. Tennova Healthcare – Clarksville received reaccreditation by meeting or exceeding an array of stringent criteria and have organized a team of doctors, nurses, clinicians, and administrative staff that support the efforts leading to better patient education and improved patient outcomes.

“Tennova Healthcare – Clarksville has demonstrated its commitment to providing Clarksville with excellent heart care,” said Deepak L. Bhatt, MD, MPH, FACC, chair of the ACC Accreditation Management Board. “ACC Accreditation Services is proud to award Tennova Healthcare – Clarksville with Chest Pain Center with Primary PCI Accreditation.”

Hospitals receiving Chest Pain Center with Primary PCI Accreditation 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 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.


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