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Doylestown Hospital awarded Primary Heart Attack Center certification


Doylestown Hospital earned the Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval and the American Heart Association’s Heart-Check mark for Primary Heart Attack Center certification.

Doylestown Hospital is one of 33 hospitals in the United States and two in the state of Pennsylvania to earn Primary Heart Attack Center (PHAC) certification.

Doylestown Hospital underwent an onsite review in April. During the visit, a Joint Commission reviewer evaluated compliance with related certification standards including process review with a focus on symptom onset and first medical contact, emergency medical services, catheterization laboratories and inpatient care. PHAC centers have on-site primary percutaneous coronary intervention (catheterization to open blocked arteries) coverage for heart attack patients 24/7. Joint Commission standards are developed in consultation with health care experts and providers, measurement experts and patients. The reviewers also conducted onsite observations and interviews.

Doylestown Hospital’s Woodall Chest Pain Center is fully prepared to treat cardiac emergencies around the clock. Emergency and cardiac experts coordinate patient care with local ambulance services even before a patient arrives. Focusing on rapid diagnosis and effective treatment, the Woodall Chest Pain Center is also accredited by the American College of Cardiology, denoting a higher level of expertise in treating patients who arrive with symptoms of a heart attack.

A multidisciplinary Chest Pain Center Committee meets regularly to develop project improvement plans. Continuous process improvement is a goal of Doylestown Hospital’s cardiovascular program.