• Press Release

  • The American College of Cardiology




    Katie Glenn | The American College of Cardiology  
    Senior Associate, Media Relations
    T: (202) 375-6472


    Cathy Rebman | San Antonio Regional Hospital
    Vice President
    T: (909) 920-4802


    UPLAND, CA (January 11, 2018) – The American College of Cardiology has recognized San Antonio Regional Hospital for its demonstrated expertise and commitment in treating patients with chest pain. San Antonio Regional Hospital was awarded Chest Pain Center Accreditation with Primary PCI in January 2018 based on a rigorous onsite evaluation of the San Antonio Heart Center team’s ability to evaluate, diagnose, and treat patients who may be experiencing a heart attack.

    According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, approximately 790,000 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.

    Hospitals that have earned ACC Chest Pain Center with Primary PCI Accreditation have proven exceptional competency in treating patients with heart attack symptoms and have primary PCI available 24/7, every day of the year. Percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) is also known as coronary angioplasty. It is a non-surgical procedure that opens narrowed or blocked coronary arteries with a balloon to relieve symptoms of heart disease or reduce heart damage during or after a heart attack.

    “ACC Accreditation Services is proud to bestow Chest Pain Center with Primary PCI Accreditation on San Antonio Regional Hospital,” said Abraham Joseph, Vice President of ACC Accreditation Services. “We commend San Antonio Regional Hospital for its demonstrated commitment to providing its regional community with excellent cardiac care.”

    Hospitals receiving Chest Pain Center with Primary PCI Accreditation from the ACC must take part in a multi-faceted clinical process and demonstrate improved methods and strategies of caring for patients including streamlining processes, implementing 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.

    “This higher level of accreditation recognizes the outstanding care our Heart Center provides to heart attack patients,” commented Harris F. Koenig, President & Chief Executive Officer of San Antonio Regional Hospital. “The dedicated focus, teamwork, and collaboration exhibited by our cardiac physicians and our clinical team throughout the hospital are the reason San Antonio earned this impressive designation. Our community members are the ones who benefit most from having this advanced level of heart attack care so close to home.”

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    San Antonio Regional Hospital in Upland, California is a 363-bed; nonprofit, acute care hospital that combines excellent clinical care with exceptional compassion. The award-winning hospital offers a comprehensive range of general medical and surgical services, along with the latest technological advances in cardiac care, cancer care, orthopedics, neurosciences, women’s health, maternity and neonatal care, and emergency services. Since 1907, San Antonio Regional Hospital has emerged as a premier regional medical facility with satellite locations across the rapidly expanding Inland Empire. The hospital has completed a major expansion project that adds a new 52-bed emergency department and a 92-bed patient tower comprised of 80 private rooms and 12 critical care beds on its main hospital campus. The expansion positions San Antonio as a hospital of the future, offering state-of-the-art health care services in a healing environment that is focused on the patient and family. To learn more, visit www.sarh.org .

    About the American College of Cardiology
    The American College of Cardiology is the professional home for the entire cardiovascular 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 leads in the formation of health policy, standards, and guidelines. The College operates national registries to measure and improve care, offers cardiovascular accreditation to hospitals and institutions, provides professional medical education, disseminates cardiovascular research, and bestows credentials upon cardiovascular specialists who meet stringent qualifications. To learn more, visit www.acc.org .