Memorial Hermann Northeast Hospital has earned national accreditation as a Chest Pain Center. The designation recognizes that Northeast’s physicians, staff and processes meet the stringent criteria set by the Society of Chest Pain Centers. “We have educated our staff to follow meticulously developed plans to appropriately treat all chest pain patients from the time they arrive at our Emergency Center until they leave the hospital,” said Cardiologist Marcy Lim, M.D., medical director of Northeast Chest Pain Center. “We receive and treat all categories of chest pain patients, from low-risk to serious heart attacks.” Chest Pain Centers were developed to significantly reduce heart attack deaths by rapidly treating patients who show signs of acute chest pain and reduce the time it takes for a patient experiencing symptoms of a possible heart attack to see a physician, thus reducing the time to treatment during the critical early stages when treatments are most effective. Chest Pain Centers also provide a specialized observation setting in which physicians are better able to monitor patients when it is not clear whether they are having a coronary event. To earn accreditation status, Northeast met or exceeded a wide set of stringent criteria and then underwent an on-site evaluation by a review team from the Society of Chest Pain Centers. “Early treatment is essential in treating heart attacks,” said Lim. “It is important for patients to know the warning signs – shortness of breath, fainting, dizziness, sweating, vomiting or pain in the jaw, arm, neck, back or upper stomach and to know to call 9-1-1.” Photo: Marcy Lim, M.D. (fifth from left), Memorial Hermann Northeast Chest Pain Center medical director, and Louis Smith (fourth from left), CEO, celebrate the accreditation of Northeast’s Chest Pain Center by the Society of Chest Pain Centers. Also participating in the ribbon cutting were, from left: Gloria Tobin, Northeast chief Patient Care officer; Heath Rushing, service line administrator; Carolyn Gafford, director of Patient Care; Smith; Lim; Lisa Greco, Chest Pain Center coordinator; and Caroline Stewart, director of Staff Development.

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