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Northside Hospital Forsyth recognized for heart attack care

Northside Hospital Forsyth was recently recognized for its heart attack care.

FORSYTH COUNTY, Ga. — Northside Hospital Forsyth has earned Disease Specific Certification for Acute Myocardial Infarction care from The Joint Commission.

Acute myocardial infarction is the medical term for a heart attack. About 750,000 people in the U.S. have a heart attack each year, according to the American Heart Association.

“Time is critical in heart attack care,” said Dr. Aman Kakkar, medical director of the Cardiac Cath Lab at Northside Hospital-Forsyth. “From the moment 911 is called, to when first responders arrive, how long it takes to get to the hospital and how long before treatment is administered – every minute matters.”

The Joint Commission’s Certification is a symbol of quality that reflects an organization’s commitment to providing safe and effective patient care. Northside Hospital Forsyth received its two-year certification after undergoing a voluntary and rigorous on-site evaluation, demonstrating compliance with nationally developed standards for heart attack care.

Northside Hospital Forsyth offers a wide range of diagnostic, treatment and support services for heart and vascular patients including PCI (percutaneous coronary intervention) for STEMI (ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction). A team of board-certified cardiologists, cardiac-trained nurses and technologists at Northside has the highest level of expertise in diagnosing and treating disorders like heart attacks, coronary artery blockages, congenital heart defects, heart failure and stroke.

“As a STEMI-receiving hospital, Northside Hospital Forsyth has the expertise, equipment, facilities and other resources to perform PCI and help patients get the right care they need as quickly as possible,” said Amy Browning, manager of cardiology at Northside Hospital Forsyth.

The hospital’s cardiology team and emergency department staff work collaboratively with Forsyth County and Central EMS to ensure that patients receive access to care, with some of the fastest transfer times of the 19 hospitals in the Metro Atlanta Region, ahead of the region’s average of 76 minutes.

According to data from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, Northside Hospital Forsyth also has the lowest 30-day readmission rates from heart attack of any hospital in Georgia (134 hospitals reporting) and ranks No. 31 in the United States.

“Northside Hospital Forsyth is committed to improving the standards of care and patient outcomes of our heart attack patients,” Browning said.

In addition to the Disease Specific Certification for AMI, Northside Hospital Forsyth was the first hospital in Metro Atlanta to receive Advanced Certification in Heart Failure from The Joint Commission and has been recertified as an Advanced Primary Stroke Center. Earlier in 2016, the hospital also was recognized for providing high quality cardiovascular care through the AHA Mission: Lifeline and Get with the Guidelines programs. The hospital received the American College of Cardiology’s NCDR ACTION Registry–GWTG Gold Performance Achievement Award, along with, and additional awards for heart attack, heart failure, resuscitation and stroke.

“These recognitions give us with the opportunity to highlight the compassionate and exceptional heart and vascular care we provide our patients,” said Patricia Tyson, director, Northside Hospital Heart and Vascular Institute. “I couldn’t be more proud of our team of physicians, nurses and staff, who continually strive to advance our care even further each and every day.”

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