The faster a heart attack is treated, the less a heart can be damaged. Good Shepherd Medical Center is Longview’s first and only hospital to receive Chest Pain Center Accreditation by the Society of Chest Pain Centers (SCPC). Good Shepherd has earned Cycle III Chest Pain with Percutaneous Coronary Intervention (PCI) Accreditation, the highest level of accreditation for Chest Pain Centers.
The SCPC promotes Chest Pain Centers as an operational model for heart attack care, starting from the onset of a patient’s symptoms, and including engagement of emergency dispatch services, emergency medical services and all cardiac units throughout the patient’s stay, and continuing with cardiac rehabilitation after discharge. Good Shepherd’s code STEMI program measures the amount of time in which our team is able to successfully stop a heart attack and exceeds the national guidelines. The Good Shepherd team successfully performs this feat in less than 60 minutes on average, while the national benchmark is 90 minutes.
Our providers are board certified in cardiology and can conduct procedures including heart bypass surgery, minimally invasive heart valve surgery, Maze surgery, aneurysm and vascular screenings, endovascular stent graft repair, atrial septal defect repair, radial heart caths, percutaneous temporary left ventricular assist devices, minimally invasive laser treatment procedures, and electrophysiology studies.
Center for Cardiovascular Excellence
The Center for Cardiovascular Excellence provides care and treatment for a broad range of cardiac-related issues, from diagnostic care to critical cardiovascular conditions. It has been named a Top 100 in the nation for Medical Excellence by the independent rating agency CareChex, and it is rated No. 1 in Texas for patient safety in cardiac care.