Frankfort Regional Medical Center has been awarded Chest Pain Center Accreditation with Primary Percutaneous Coronary Intervention (PCI) by the American College of Cardiology in May based on an onsite evaluation of the staff’s ability to evaluate, diagnose and treat patients who may be experiencing a heart attack.

“Frankfort Regional Medical Center has demonstrated its commitment to providing Central Kentucky with excellent heart care,” said Phillip D. Levy, MD, FACC, chair of the ACC Accreditation Management Board.

Hospitals that have earned 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, they have streamlined their systems from admission to evaluation to diagnosis and treatment all the way through to appropriate post-discharge care and recommendations and assistance in patient lifestyle changes. In addition, they have formal agreements with other facilities that regularly refer heart attack patients to their facility for primary PCI.

“We’re proud to provide our patients with state-of-the-art cardiovascular care during that critical window of time when we can preserve the integrity of the heart muscle intact,” said Reed Hammond, FRMC CEO. “This is another step in our continuing efforts to optimize the care and outcomes of patients. Above all else, we are committed to the care and improvement of human life.”

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