Hospital Approved for Coronary Care

February 1, 2023 /// 2 Min Read

Hospital approved for coronary care

Published in The True Citizen


Burke Health now offers round-the-clock, coronary care in their state-of-the-art Cardiac Catheterization Lab, allowing immediate treatment for patients experiencing a heart attack.

The hospital announced Monday that emergency cardiovascular care would be available beginning Wednesday, February 1. Corazon, a national leader in providing accreditation for the heart, vascular neuroscience, and orthopedic specialties, performed onsite program verification earlier this month. With formal approval and verification complete, the hospital can provide fast and effective treatment if a patient has a heart attack. The non-surgical procedure, percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI), uses a catheter to place a stent to open blood vessels narrowed by plaque buildup in the heart, a condition known as atherosclerosis.

“This is a monumental moment for our community and citizens,” stated Lacey Zorn, Director of Public Relations at Burke Health. “We can now utilize critical time to start the testing, treatment, and procedures that save lives during a heart attack instead of patients traveling to other metropolitan areas during a critical time,”

Burke Health has entered a partnership with Augusta University Medical Center (AU). As a result, if open heart surgery is indicated for patients receiving emergency cardiovascular care at their facility, transport protocols are ensured through AU. AU will also provide telemedicine for Burke Health’s Cardiac ICU.

The hospital has also partnered with Burke County Emergency Management Agency (BEMA). The parties will utilize secure, advanced telecommunications enabling their team of interventional cardiologists and emergency physicians to review patient status information before arrival. Test results and vital signs can be sent directly from the ambulance to help coordinate care for more rapid door-to-procedure times when minutes count the most.

“Leading up to this monumental moment for Burke County residents, we partnered with BEMA multiple times for coordinated training. In addition, several staff members work at both facilities. This helps us align efforts, ensure efficient communication, and provide excellent patient care,” said Frank Cunningham, Cardiac Cath Manager at Burke Health.

The two facilities will continue to operate in tandem for cardiovascular emergencies and continued training as this service expands over the coming months and years.

Healthcare organizations seeking to add this service must undergo a thorough evaluation, including facility inspections and assessments of their emergency cardiac care protocols and processes. More information about diagnostic testing and clinical services is available by calling 706-437-2690.