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Cindy Ficorelli
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04/06/2006

Genesys opens region's only cardiac rapid diagnostic center

(Genesee County, MI) The Genesys Heart Institute has taken another giant leap forward to ensure the community continues to receive the best heart care possible. The Paul J. "Rocky" Roll Cardiac Rapid Diagnostic Center (CRDC) is equipped with a team of highly specialized physicians, nurses and clinicians who care exclusively for patients entering the Genesys Emergency department with chest pain or other cardiac conditions that require immediate attention.
"As the area's #1 heart care provider and a center of excellence in cardiac services, Genesys will continue to lead the way in offering our community the best heart treatments and latest technology available," reports Norma Hagenow, president and CEO of Genesys.

The CRDC is an expansion of the Genesys Regional Medical Center - Health Park Emergency department. It includes an 11-bed unit containing a cardiac diagnostic testing area. Patients can remain in this area for all of their testing while under the continuous monitoring of cardiac-trained clinicians and physicians.

"With more and more people at risk for heart disease, it made sense for Genesys to expand its Emergency department and dedicate a specialized area exclusively for cardiac care," Hagenow notes.

On an average, about 5,000 patients a year enter the Genesys Emergency department complaining of chest pain. Genesee County has a very high prevalence of heart disease. About 39 percent of the population eventually will die of cardiac disease, reports Michael Jule, DO, medical director of Genesys Emergency Services.

"Genesys is taking its heart program to a new level of care by providing even faster access to the heart care team," Dr. Jule adds.

The new level of care includes obtaining full accreditation as a Chest Pain Center. Heart attack patients have a 37 percent greater chance of survival if they are taken to a medical facility with an accredited Chest Pain Center.

Genesys was the fourth hospital in Michigan, and is one of only about 200 in the entire country to earn Chest Pain Center accreditation from the Society of Chest Pain Centers.

According to the Society of Chest Pain Centers, the Genesys Heart Institute has demonstrated its expertise and commitment to quality patient care by meeting or exceeding stringent criteria and completing on-site evaluations by a review team from the society. In addition, Genesys was required to successfully complete the society's strict formal process that involved several components such as assessing, diagnosing and treating patients quickly; effectively integrating the Emergency department with local EMS response teams; effectively treating patients with low risk for acute coronary syndrome and no assignable cause for their symptoms; continually meeting the society's standards for staff competency and training; and supporting community outreach programs that educate the public to seek medical care promptly if they display signs of a possible heart attack.

The Genesys Heart Institute's most recent step to integrate the Emergency department with local EMS reponse teams was setting up a 12-lead EKG communication system. Patients suffering a heart attack have a much greater chance of survival, and without heart muscle damage, now that Genesys and local EMS providers are equipped with this new technology that allows ambulances to transmit a patient's critical heart condition information within seconds to Genesys. The system, connected to a receiving station in the Genesys Emergency department, allows the Genesys medical team to start a heart attack patient's treatment process before the patient arrives.

Genesys is the only hospital in the region equipped with a receiving station to obtain this potential heart lifesaving information.

These strides in heart care excellence have been recognized on a national level. According to HealthGrades (R), the nation's leading independent health care ratings organization, Genesys recently earned five stars - for the fourth year in a row - for its overall cardiac services, and was rated in the top 5 percent of hospitals in the nation for overall cardiac services.

Area consumers agree. For the fifth consecutive year, residents in the surrounding counties have named Genesys the hospital of choice for heart care (residents in the counties of Genesee, Lapeer, North Livingston, North Oakland and Shiawassee).

To learn more about the Genesys Heart Institute, call 1-888-463-3268.

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