Methodist Charlton Advisory Board Learns Latest on Cardiology Program

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The Methodist Charlton Medical Center Advisory Board received exciting updates on the expanding cardiology program at Methodist Charlton at its quarterly meeting, including the launch of the open heart surgery program. Although the program is new at Methodist Charlton, its physicians, nurses, and staff bring decades of open heart surgery experience to the program. More than 30 open heart surgeries have been performed at Methodist Charlton since the program began in November 2011.

Also discussed at the board meeting were dual accreditations of the noninvasive cardiology department and certification of the cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation program; the $2.8 million relocation and expansion of the post-coronary interventional unit (PCIU) to support cardiology services; the opening of an intermediate care unit to serve patients that require more monitoring and closer observation than a typical medical/surgical unit patient; addition of two new interventional cardiologists and two cardiothoracic surgeons to the cardiology team; and a 40 percent growth in the number of cardiac catheterizations performed in the Methodist Charlton catheterization lab over the past year. Methodist Charlton also offers 24/7 interventional cardiology coverage, including treatment for the most serious type of heart attack, a STEMI (ST-Segment Elevation Myocardial Infarction). LifeNet software allows for rapid clinical coordination between EMS providers and hospitals treating patients experiencing a heart attack. Methodist Charlton averages a door-to-balloon (D2B) time of 57 minutes, compared to the national benchmark of 90 minutes, and a SOAR rate (Symptom Onset to Arterial Reperfusion) that is among the top 5 percent of hospitals in Dallas County.

During the meeting Methodist Charlton Vice President Operations Kyllan Cody announced that Methodist Charlton is part of a coordinated hospital STEMI program offered through a $3.5 million grant from the W.W. Caruth, Jr. Foundation of Communities Foundation of Texas (CFT) to the South Central Affiliate of the American Heart Association (AHA). Working with 15 hospitals and 24 EMS providers in Dallas County, the goal is to ensure equipment compatibility, consistent training and uniform protocols for both transporting and treating heart attack patients across the region.