New Braunfels, TX — Key members of the Southwest Texas Regional Advisory Council (STRAC) recently toured the newly accredited Resuscitation Center at CHRISTUS Santa Rosa Hospital – New Braunfels. This past fall, The American College of Cardiology (ACC) awarded the hospital with accreditation as a Resuscitation Center based on rigorous onsite evaluation of the staff’s ability to evaluate, diagnose and treat patients who may be experiencing a heart attack. CHRISTUS Santa Rosa Hospital – New Braunfels is the only hospital in STRAC’s 22-county coverage area with this vital accreditation to provide necessary care and resources to patients with heart attack symptoms.
Dr. Emily Kidd and Dr. David Miramontes were among the STRAC members who visited with leaders at CHRISTUS Santa Rosa Hospital – New Braunfels. STRAC is designated by the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) to develop, implement and maintain the regional trauma and emergency health care system for 22 counties encompassing more than 26,000 square miles in southwest Texas. Its mission is to reduce death and/or disability related to trauma, disaster and acute illness through implementation of well-planned and coordinated regional emergency response systems.
“A strong relationship with STRAC is important for our hospital and the communities we serve, especially as the region’s only ACC-accredited Resuscitation Center. We are grateful that STRAC marked this outstanding recognition with an in-person tour,” said Warren Albrecht, MD, Chief Medical Officer at CHRISTUS Santa Rosa Hospital – New Braunfels. “The visit affirms our hospital as the provider of choice for state-of-the-art cardiovascular care performed by the most highly-trained and distinguished providers in the region.”
Hospitals that have earned Resuscitation Accreditation have proven exceptional competency in treating patients with heart attack symptoms and cardiac arrest events. Accredited Resuscitation Centers must meet all requirements of the CPC with Primary PCI designation and are also equipped with a robust target temperature management (TTM) program that includes policies, procedures, and protocols for post–cardiac arrest treatment. TTM is an active treatment that is ordered to achieve and maintain a specific body temperature in a person for a specific duration of time in an effort to improve health outcomes during recovery after a period of stopped blood flow to the brain. These facilities also maintain a "No Diversion Policy" for out-of-hospital cardiac arrest patients.
Rahul Bose, MD, Interventional Cardiologist at CHRISTUS Santa Rosa Hospital – New Braunfels, said, “This accreditation establishes CHRISTUS Santa Rosa Hospital – New Braunfels as a leader in setting the national standard for improving quality of care in patients with acute coronary syndrome.”
The American College of Cardiology envisions a world where innovation and knowledge optimize cardiovascular care and outcomes. As the professional home for the entire cardiovascular care team, the mission of the College and its more than 52,000 members is to transform cardiovascular care and to improve heart health. The ACC bestows credentials upon cardiovascular professionals who meet stringent qualifications and leads in the formation of health policy, standards and guidelines. The College also provides professional medical education, disseminates cardiovascular research through its world-renowned JACC Journals, operates national registries to measure and improve care, and offers cardiovascular accreditation to hospitals and institutions. For more, visit acc.org.