When it's your heart — know the facts
Palmetto Health Heart Hospital is the only hospital dedicated solely to hearts in South Carolina. The medical team which includes leading cardiologists and cardiovascular surgeons assisted by cardiac nurses, technologists, social workers and case managers, clinical educators, rehabilitation and nutrition specialists are all dedicated to the patients who are treated at Palmetto Health Heart Hospital.
Direct to Cath Lab Treatment
Palmetto Health Heart Hospital was actually the first hospital in the Midlands to establish a STEMI Alert System. Through collaboration with EMS services in Richland, Lexington, and other surrounding counties, heart attack patients have their cardiac information sent directly to the Emergency Department. This program drastically reduces diagnosis and treatment times, allowing for patients to bypass the Chest Pain Emergency department and go directly to the cath lab. This reduces heart damage, giving patients better outcomes. Patients transported to Palmetto Health Heart Hospital consistently have their coronary arteries unblocked in well under the national standard of 90 minutes.
Beating Heart Surgeries vs. On-Pump Surgeries
Palmetto Health Heart Hospital surgeons don't concentrate on beating heart surgeries because the most recent research shows that it clearly isn't better than traditional on-pump surgeries. There are no benefits to patients' outcomes when doing open heart surgery in this manner. There are actually consistent trends towards better outcomes in patients who undergo conventional on-pump open heart surgery. These better outcomes range from fewer heart attacks after surgery to completeness of the heart grafts to neuropsychological functions.
Cardiovascular disease is the number one killer of women worldwide. More women than men die from cardiovascular disease. For a variety of reasons from age to different symptoms to not following through with lifestyle modifications, women do much worse than men after having a heart attack. Click here to learn more about women and heart disease.
Palmetto Health Heart Hospital is the only hospital in the Midlands with Joint Commission Accreditation for Heart Failure. We are also an American Heart Association Gold Plus Award recipient in heart failure. We received the American College of Cardiology Foundation's National Cardiovascular Data Registry (NCDR) ACTION Registry-GWTG Gold Performance Achievement Award — one of only 135 hospitals nationwide to do so. Additionally, having demonstrated a commitment to quality care and consistent outcomes — including low overall complication and mortality rates — Palmetto Health Heart Hospital is proudly designated as a Blue Cross Blue Shield Blue Distinction Center for Cardiac Care.
Palmetto Health led the way by being the first Chest Pain ER in the Midlands to be accredited by the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care.
Palmetto Health has been recognized as the best in healthcare by readers of The State newspaper. Palmetto Health won Best Healthcare System in 2012 after being named the Best Hospital in 2010. Palmetto Health Heart Hospital's Patient Satisfaction is exceptional.