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Good Shepherd receives cardiac care accreditation

From Staff Reports
July 12, 2016 at 10:46 p.m.

Good Shepherd Medical Center in Longview has received the American Heart Association's Mission: Lifeline Heart Attack Receiving Center Accreditation.

It joins nine other Texas hospitals, none of which are in Northeast Texas, in receiving the accreditation.

The program — sponsored by the American Heart Association and the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care — recognizes centers that meet or exceed quality of care measures for people experiencing the most severe type of heart attack, in which blood flow is completely blocked to a portion of the heart.

"Good Shepherd is committed to providing our patients the highest quality cardiac care centered on current scientific research," said Steve Altmiller, Good Shepherd Health System president and chief executive officer. The accreditation "has highlighted our accomplishments and substantiates the overall quality of care our patients are receiving."

The Heart Association says its goal with the program is to significantly reduce cardiac death by teaching the public to recognize and react to early symptoms of a heart attack, reduce the time it takes to receive lifesaving treatment and increase the accuracy and effectiveness of treatment administered.

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