Riverview has the ability to assess, diagnose, and treat patients who may be experiencing a heart attack. To the patients in Northeast Alabama served by Riverview, this means that processes are in place that meet strict criteria aimed at:
- Reducing the time from onset of symptoms to diagnosis and treatment
- Treating patients more quickly during the critical window of time when the integrity of the heart muscle can be preserved
- Monitoring patients when it is not certain that they are having a heart attack to ensure that they are not sent home too quickly or needlessly admitted to the hospital
Riverview’s state-of-the-art healthcare encompasses the entire continuum of care for the heart patient and includes such focal points as dispatch, Emergency Medical System, emergency department, cath lab, quality assurance plan, and a community outreach program. By becoming a Chest Pain Center, Riverview has enhanced the quality of care for the cardiac patient and has demonstrated its commitment to higher standards.