Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Southwest Fort Worth became the second hospital in Texas to be named an Acute Heart Failure Center by the Society of Chest Pain Centers.
To patients, the designation means that Texas Health Southwest Fort Worth has met stringent national standards for rapid recognition and comprehensive treatment of heart failure.
Nationally, accreditation by the Society of Chest Pain Centers is linked to better patient outcomes and more lives saved, according to an Emory University School of Medicine study published in the American Journal of Cardiology in July 2008. Texas Health Arlington Memorial Hospital was the first to become accredited in July 2009.
To become an accredited Acute Heart Failure Center, hospitals must prove quick and effective treatment of heart failure patients from the first call to 911 through discharge from the hospital. Success largely depends on collaboration between emergency medical providers and medical professionals in the hospital's emergency department and inpatient care units who work together through a well-rehearsed treatment process to achieve the best outcome for patients.