Wise Health System is a Joint Commission Accredited Chest Pain Center. This means our hospital has achieved a high level of expertise in dealing with patients who arrive with symptoms of a heart attack.
Our services emphasize the importance of standardized diagnostic and treatment programs that provide more efficient and effective evaluation, as well as more appropriate and rapid treatment of patients with chest pain and other heart attack symptoms.
A hospital accredited by The Joint Commission also serves as a point of entry into the healthcare system to evaluate and treat other medical problems, and help to promote a healthier lifestyle in an attempt to reduce the risk factors for heart attack.
What it Means to You
What Joint Commission accreditation means for patients:
- Better care
- Better prognosis
- Better quality of life
- Faster treatment
- Better communication
By becoming a Joint Commission Accredited Chest Pain Center, Wise Health System has enhanced the quality of care for the cardiac patient and has demonstrated its commitment to higher standards.
How We Achieved Accreditation
To become a Joint Commission Accredited Chest Pain Center, Wise Health System engaged in rigorous evaluation by the Joint Commission for its ability to assess, diagnose, and treat patients who may be experiencing a heart attack. To North Texas, this means that processes are in place that meet strict criteria aimed at:
- Reducing the time from onset of symptoms to diagnosis and treatment.
- Treating patients more quickly during the critical window of time when the integrity of the heart muscle can be preserved.
- Monitoring patients when it is not certain that they are having a heart attack to ensure that they are not sent home too quickly or needlessly admitted to the hospital.
People tend to wait when they think they might be having a heart attack, and that’s a mistake. The average patient arrives in the emergency department more than two hours after the onset of symptoms, but what they don’t realize is that the sooner a heart attack is treated, the less damage to the heart and the better the outcome for the patient.Kellye Souther, ER Director, Wise Health System