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CHRISTUS Santa Rosa Hospital – New Braunfels Receives ACC Resuscitation Accreditation Hospital provides necessary care, resources to patients with heart attack symptoms November 3, 2020

New Braunfels, TX — The American College of Cardiology (ACC) has recognized CHRISTUS Santa Rosa Hospital – New Braunfels for its demonstrated expertise and commitment in treating patients with chest pain and cardiac arrest. CHRISTUS Santa Rosa Hospital – New Braunfels is already an accredited Chest Pain Center (CPC) with Primary PCI. In addition, the hospital was also awarded accreditation as a Resuscitation Center this month based on rigorous onsite evaluation of the staff’s ability to evaluate, diagnose and treat patients who may be experiencing a heart attack.

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.

“Our team has worked to continuously improve our cardiovascular care processes and the outcomes of our patients by integrating evidence-based science, quality initiatives, clinical best-practices and the latest medical guidelines,” said Rahul Bose, MD, Interventional Cardiologist at CHRISTUS Santa Rosa Hospital – New Braunfels. “As a chest pain-accredited facility, CHRISTUS Santa Rosa Hospital – New Braunfels has established itself as a leader in setting the national standard for improving quality of care in patients with acute coronary syndrome.”

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 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.

In order to receive Resuscitation Accreditation from the ACC, CHRISTUS Santa Rosa Hospital – New Braunfels participated in a multi-faceted clinical process that involves completing a gap analysis; examining variances of care, developing an action plan; a rigorous onsite review; and monitoring for sustained success. Improved methods and strategies of caring for patients include streamlining processes, implementing of guidelines and standards, and adopting best practices in the care of patients experiencing the signs and symptoms of a heart attack. Facilities that achieve accreditation meet or exceed an array of stringent criteria and have organized a team of doctors, nurses, clinicians, and other administrative staff that earnestly support the efforts leading to better patient education and improved patient outcomes.

“We are grateful for this outstanding recognition from the American College of Cardiology,” said Warren Albrecht, MD, Chief Medical Officer at CHRISTUS Santa Rosa Hospital – New Braunfels. “It affirms our hospital as the provider of choice for state-of-the-art cardiovascular care. When patients in New Braunfels are facing a life-threatening heart attack, they and their family can feel confident in knowing that CHRISTUS Santa Rosa Hospital – New Braunfels offers the most comprehensive and capable care performed by the most highly-trained and distinguished providers in the region.”

“This recognition from the ACC is again a strong testament to the quality of care CHRISTUS Santa Rosa Hospital – New Braunfels is providing our community,” said Jim Wesson, FACHE, President, CHRISTUS Santa Rosa Hospital – New Braunfels. “We are very pleased to again be recognized for leading the way in cardiac care.”

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.