Published March 22, 2023
St. Bernards Medical Center in Jonesboro recently achieved certification from The Joint Commission and the American Heart Association as an advanced primary heart attack center. To earn the certification, the hospital underwent a rigorous, unannounced onsite review where quality and safety compliance standards were evaluated.
According to The Joint Commission, an advanced primary heart attack center program focuses on symptom onset and first medical contact (pre-hospital and upon arrival) as well as emergency medical services, the emergency department, catheterization laboratories and inpatient settings. The group facilitates the program through a partnership with the American Heart Association.
Connie Hill, St. Bernards Medical Center vice president of heart care services, said heart disease rates in northeast Arkansas and southeast Missouri remain well above national rates.
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