Mercyhealth Hospital and Trauma Center in Janesville recently was granted accreditation as a Chest Pain Center with Primary PCI by the American College of Cardiology.
The hospital was first accredited in 2011. The reaccreditation is valid for three years.
Percutaneous coronary intervention, or PCI, is also known as coronary angioplasty. It is a nonsurgical procedure that opens narrowed or blocked arteries with a balloon to relieve symptoms of heart disease or reduce heart damage during or after a heart attack.
Hospitals that have earned such accreditation have proven exceptional competency in treating patients with heart attack symptoms and offer coronary angioplasty at all times. To meet the accreditation criteria, the hospital has streamlined its systems and has formal agreements with other facilities that regularly refer heart attack patients for coronary angioplasty.