Goshen Hospital has been recognized by the American College of Cardiology for its expertise in treating patients experiencing chest pain, which can be an early sign and symptom of a heart attack. The hospital was awarded Chest Pain Center accreditation based on the speed and quality of care received from the first medical contact by our EMS partners, emergency department and cardiovascular specialists—their collective evaluation, diagnosis and treatment of patients experiencing chest pain. Assessment for the accreditation included every step of the process—from community education on early heart attack care to emergency care and admission to post-discharge education and recommendations.
“This recognition highlights our dedication to working together to provide exceptional care at every stage of the patient’s chest pain symptoms,” said Randy Christophel, Goshen Health President and CEO. “We are proud of our extraordinary Colleagues and partners who remain committed to the highest level of patient care on a daily basis.”
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 730,000 Americans suffer a heart attack each year. The most common symptom of a heart attack for both men and women is chest pain or discomfort. However, women are more likely to have atypical symptoms. Other heart attack symptoms may include tingling or discomfort in one or both arms, back, shoulder, neck or jaw, shortness of breath, cold sweat, unusual tiredness, heartburn-like feeling, nausea or vomiting, sudden dizziness and fainting.