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Published on July 01, 2018

NKCH Earns Top STEMI and Chest Pain Center Recognitions

North Kansas City Hospital was designated as a Level I STEMI center by The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services’ Time Critical Diagnosis Unit. Level I centers are specialized regional resources for the most complex patients. NKCH is the only hospital in the Northland and one of only three hospitals in the Kansas City area to earn the elite Level I designation, the highest level achievable.

NKCH also earned Chest Pain Center Accreditation with Primary Percutaneous Coronary Intervention from the American College of Cardiology for its exceptional ability to quickly and properly diagnose and treat all patients with chest pain who are suspected of having a cardiac event. To receive this accreditation, the hospital must have PCI available 24/7, including a call team made up of cardiac catheterization lab staff and an interventional cardiologist who arrive at the hospital within 30 minutes of activation. At NKCH, the average arrival time of interventional cardiologists is
11 minutes.

“NKCH demonstrates an ability to respond quickly and efficiently when patients present with cardiac emergencies,” said Gary Carter, MD, chief medical officer at NKCH. “We are proud of our ability to exceed the response time goals developed by the American College of Cardiology.”

The hospital’s average door-to-electrocardiogram time is six minutes; the ACC’s recommendation is 10 minutes. In 2017, the hospital’s average door-to-balloon time was 60 minutes, well under the ACC’s recommended goal of 90 minutes. n