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Saint Agnes Hospital Announces Expansion of Chest Pain Emergency

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Saint Agnes Hospital Announces Expansion of Chest Pain Emergency Department to Expedite Treatment for Cardiac Patients.
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05/17/2012

In a continued effort to advance comprehensive and robust clinical care for cardiac patients, Saint Agnes Hospital announces the expansion of its Chest Pain Emergency Department. The new facility, officially opening today,consumes 3,800 square feet of space and features seven patient care suites, each equipped with technology to monitor urgent care patients who are experiencing chest pain, as well as those that may require life-saving rapid response treatment.

In addition to providing focused facilities to support the care of these critical needs patients, Saint Agnes Hospital has partnered with emergency response teams across Baltimore City, equipping each ambulance with a mobile electrocardiogram (EKG) device. This technology enables emergency responders to confirm and report a patient’s condition while en route to the hospital, which ultimately allows for patient care to be expedited immediately, upon arrival to Saint Agnes.

“If a patient is suffering from a heart attack, time is muscle and every second matters,” said Sue Dove, Director of the Emergency Department at Saint Agnes Hospital. “The goal of our heart specialists is to evaluate,diagnose and treat these symptoms in as little time as possible to not only save the person’s life, but to also save their quality of life.”

Saint Agnes has been recognized for decades as a premier provider of cardiac services. In 1981, the hospital opened its Chest Pain Emergency Department – the first in the world - under the leadership of Dr. Raymond Bahr, who was in attendance for the new facility’s ribbon cutting ceremony, yesterday, and was recently presented the inaugural “Dr. Raymond Bahr Lifetime Achievement Award,” created in his honor, from the Society of Chest Pain Centers. Since the early 1980’s, Dr. Bahr’s innovative model has been adopted by healthcare organizations across the globe, as a new standard in the provision of emergency cardiac care.In 2010,the Chest Pain Emergency Department at Saint Agnes received a Level III accreditation from the Society of Chest Pain Centers, making the hospital the first in the state to achieve this status.

“With this expansion, we will continue providing the same excellent level of care to our cardiac patients, but in a space that is more conducive to meeting their urgent and critical needs, with more privacy.”

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