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Baptist Health Paducah earns Chest Pain Center re-accreditation

The chest pain center at Baptist Health Paducah has been re-accredited for the third consecutive cycle, showing it continues to meet the highest national standards for treating heart attacks.

It was recently named a Cycle IV Chest Pain Center with percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) designation by the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care (SCPC). The hospital was the region’s first accredited chest pain center in 2008 and has maintained high standards for re-accreditation twice since then.

The three-year accreditation recognizes the efficiency of Baptist Health Paducah staff in treating chest pain. PCI, also known as angioplasty, is a stent procedure used to open clogged arteries.

The hospital operates a seven-bed Chest Pain Center 24 hours a day in the Emergency department. The dedicated staff includes registered nurses with additional training in acute coronary syndrome and cardiac care.

“Meeting these high national standards in heart attack care assures the community they can get the very best expert heart care here, close to home,” said Bill Brown, Baptist Health Paducah president. “Since offering the first open-heart surgery here in 1985, our hospital has traditionally set the bar in heart care, and we continue to offer the best and most innovative treatments available for heart disease. We believe that’s one reason we are the heart hospital our region prefers 3 to 1.”

More than five million Americans visit hospitals each year with chest pain. The goal of the SCPC is to significantly reduce the mortality rate of these patients by teaching the public to recognize and react to the early symptoms of a possible heart attack, reduce the time that it takes to receive treatment and increase the accuracy and effectiveness of treatment.

Baptist’s Chest Pain Coordinator Trish Edwards said community outreach is part of the accreditation process to educate people about Early Heart Attack Care or EHAC. The chest pain team at Baptist “deputized” volunteers inside the hospital and in the community who could recognize heart attack symptoms and pledged to call for immediate help.

“These EHAC deputies in our community are educated and have pledged to call 9-1-1 with any sign or symptom of a heart attack,” Edwards said. “Community outreach is important since recognizing the early signs and symptoms of a heart attack could save a life. We work with EMS throughout the area to transmit EKGs from the ambulance to the Emergency department, so our cath lab, team of cardiologists and Emergency department staff can treat you immediately upon arrival.”

For more information, visit or phone our award-winning Chest Pain & Stroke Hotline at 1.800.575.1911 for more info on heart attack symptoms.