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Taking good care of your cardiovascular health is vital to living a longer life. Community Heart and Vascular (CHV) at Community Hospital South offers everything from preventive screenings to cardiac rehabilitation, including non-invasive diagnostic imaging, complex coronary interventions, electrophysiology and vascular surgery.
At Community Heart and Vascular more than half our staff are registered cardiovascular invasive specialists, which improves our patients’ outcomes. Our cardiovascular interventionists are on standby 24/7, getting you what you need sooner, with easier access and improved outcomes.
Accredited Chest Pain Center
In 2012, Community South received Chest Pain Center Accreditation with Percutaneous Coronary Intervention from the Society of Chest Pain Centers.
When it comes to heart attacks, time is muscle. In other words, the quicker the intervention, the better the outcome is apt to be.
- Our door-to-balloon time is 63 minutes on average; the national gold standard is less than 90 minutes.
- Our median door-to-balloon time for patients transferred from our partner, Johnson Memorial Hospital, is under 90 minutes; the national gold standard for transfers is 120 minutes or less.
Upgraded catheterization lab
Our newly renovated and upgraded cath lab features state-of-the-art technology that produces high-quality images. It does this while using half the radiation required by older equipment. This new technology allows physicians to see more precise views, decreases the time patients spend on the operating table and reduces exposure to radiation.
Integration of heart care
Cardiovascular services are provided through the physicians and staff of Community Heart and Vascular, one of the first fully integrated cardiovascular health care systems in the country. Joining hospital and medical offices into one team, this integrated approach provides a more connected, coordinated and convenient cardiovascular experience, making it as simple as possible for patients and families to navigate the complex world of health care.
By bringing together the leading heart and vascular medical practices, Community Heart and Vascular leverages the collective knowledge and experience of all providers, fostering a collaborative effort between the patient, his or her primary care physician, other physicians, and highly specialized cardiologists and surgeons.
“We are one team working in unison to coordinate the complete continuum of care,” said Scott Jones, M.D., FACC, a cardiologist at Community South. “Instead of having a group of cardiologists that work with a group of thoracic surgeons and a group of vascular surgeons, we now have one team of cardiovascular doctors who are in the same group making shared decisions, whether in the hospital or in the physician office.”
Cardiologist Scott Jones, M.D., said another big benefit of integrated care is access to a single, secure, electronic medical record. “The integration of information makes patient care between primary care doctors and specialists safer and more seamless. I have access to the same patient record as the patient’s primary care doctor. That doctor has the same access to my notes on the patient. I know the patient’s medication list is up to date and accurate, in addition to any tests and lab work that have been done,” said Dr. Jones. “This kind of coordinated care certainly makes for better patient outcomes.”
LIFENET: Heart attack technology
When it comes to heart attack treatment, new technology available at Community South can expedite care when every second counts. The more quickly treatment is initiated, the better a patient’s odds for survival and recovery. LIFENET® technology helps improve those odds.
The LIFENET system delivers a 12-lead electrocardiogram (EKG) from emergency medical service providers in the field—directly to a physician’s handheld device. This allows doctors to view the EKG before the patient arrives at the hospital—and quickly initiate a specific treatment plan or mobilize the cath lab team, if necessary.
“LIFENET gives EMS providers the ability to send the EKG to the emergency department as soon as they’re seeing the patient,” said Dr. Jones. “The cardiologist on-call can get the whole care team prepared for a lifesaving intervention by the time the patient comes in, allowing us to open a blocked artery in less time than the national standard of 90 minutes.”
Due to the innovative approach to care, Community South’s heart and vascular physicians will positively impact quality, safety and service, getting you well and back to your life.
Schedule an appointment
To schedule an appointment with one of our cardiovascular care physicians, please call 317-887-7880.