Nebraska Medicine – Bellevue Earns Chest Pain Center Accreditation

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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 a primary PCI available 24/7 every day of the year.

Nebraska Medicine – Bellevue has earned full accreditation as a Chest Pain Center with Primary PCI (percutaneous coronary intervention) from the American College of Cardiology (ACC). This is the first time the hospital has achieved this level of accreditation. It was awarded based on rigorous on-site evaluation of the staff’s ability to evaluate, diagnose and treat patients who may be experiencing a heart attack.

PCI is also known as a coronary angioplasty. It is a non-surgical procedure that opens narrowed or blocked coronary arteries with a balloon to relieve symptoms of heart disease or reduce heart damage during or after a heart attack.

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 a primary PCI available 24/7 every day of the year.

“Nebraska Medicine – Bellevue has demonstrated its commitment to providing excellent heart care,” says Phillip D. Levy, MD, chair of the ACC Accreditation Management Board. “ACC Accreditation Services is proud to award Bellevue with this accreditation.”

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Nebraska Medicine – Bellevue has earned full accreditation as a Chest Pain Center with Primary PCI (percutaneous coronary intervention) from the American College of Cardiology (ACC).

“To be upgraded to a Chest Pain Center with PCI, it takes a collaborative effort from the entire team,” says Nicole Keil, clinical program coordinator, Chest Pain/Stroke at Bellevue. “This is a huge achievement for Bellevue Medical Center and it shows our continued commitment to improving STEMI patient care in our community.  I am very proud of our Chest Pain Center team and their continued dedication to providing Serious Medicine. Extraordinary Care.”

“We are proud of the achievement of an accredited Chest Pain Center with Primary PCI by the American College of Cardiology,” says Matt Pospisil, vice president of Bellevue and Perioperative Services. “This achievement is a validation of the excellent care delivered by the team and wouldn’t be possible without collaboration among multiple departments across the system.”

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 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 include, but are not limited to, 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.

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