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North Vista Hospital provides necessary care, resources to patients with heart attack symptoms

DATELINE (December, 2017)— The American College of Cardiology has recognized North Vista Hospital for its demonstrated expertise and commitment in treating patients with chest pain. North Vista Hospital was awarded Chest Pain Center v5 Accreditation with Primary PCI in January based on rigorous onsite evaluation of the staff’s ability to evaluate, diagnose and treat patients who may be experiencing a heart attack.

“North Vista Hospital is very proud to receive this accreditation,” said Vince Variale, Chief Executive Officer. “We are very pleased that the hard work of our team, Emergency Department staff, EMS Providers, cardiovascular specialists, cardiologists and specially trained cath lab employees, has earned this recognition from ACC Accreditation Services. This accreditation is important in continuing our higher level of care. North Vista Hospital is committed to serving our community.”

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 730,000 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.

“ACC Accreditation Services is proud to bestow Chest Pain Center with Primary PCI v5 Accreditation on North Vista Hospital,” said Abraham Joseph, vice president of ACC Accreditation Services. “We commend North Vista Hospital for its demonstrated commitment to providing the Las Vegas Valley with excellent cardiac care.”

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.

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. As required to meet the criteria of the accreditation designation, they have streamlined their systems from admission to evaluation to diagnosis and treatment all the way through to appropriate post-discharge care and recommendations and assistance in patient lifestyle changes. In addition, they have formal agreements with other facilities that regularly refer heart attack patients to their facility for primary PCI.

Hospitals receiving Chest Pain Center with Primary PCI Accreditation from the ACC must take part in a multi-faceted clinical process that involves: completing a gap analysis; examining variances of care, developing an action plan; a rigorous onsite review; and monitoring for sustained success. Improved methods and strategies of caring for patients include streamlining processes, implementing of 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.

The ACC and American Heart Association are collaborating to offer U.S. hospitals like North Vista Hospital access to a comprehensive suite of co-branded cardiac accreditation services designed to optimize patient outcomes and improve hospital financial performance. These services are focused on all aspects of cardiac care, including emergency treatment of heart attacks.

About North Vista Hospital:

North Vista Hospital is a 177-bed, state of the art hospital located in North Las Vegas, Nevada serving the greater Las Vegas Valley since 1959. The hospital is part of the Prime Healthcare Corporation and is located at 1409 E. Lake Mead Boulevard. North Vista offers comprehensive healthcare services, including emergency care, heart care, surgical weight loss, wound care, diagnostic imaging and mental health. Equipped with the most advanced medical technology, and staffed by a team of highly skilled healthcare professionals, North Vista is committed to always providing exceptional care and performance. We deliver patient-centered healthcare with compassion, dignity and respect for every patient and their family. We are honored to be trusted partners who serve, give back and grow with our communities. For more information, please visit or call (702) 649-7711.

About the American College of Cardiology

The American College of Cardiology is the professional home for the entire cardiovascular care 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.

For more information about ACC Accreditation Services, visit, or call toll-free 1-877-271-4176.