Published on February 02, 2021

Pardee UNC Health Care Expands Cardiac Service, Now Able to Treat Heart Attack Patients Around the Clock 

Pardee designated a PCI Capable Hospital by NC EMS Medical Director 


Pardee UNC Health Care has been designated a Percutaneous Coronary Intervention (PCI) Hospital by the North Carolina EMS Medical Director, demonstrating its capability to ensure quality 24/7 ST Elevation Myocardial Infarction (STEMI) care. STEMI is a heart attack caused by clots in one or more of the patient's coronary arteries. A PCI Hospital is equipped with personnel, infrastructure and expertise to diagnose and treat patients who require intensive medical care, specialized tests, or interventional therapies. Pardee is now one of only two hospitals in western North Carolina able to provide this level of care.

“Patients in Henderson County will now be closer to advanced, life-saving cardiac treatment so vital in the initial period after a heart attack,” said Dr. Joseph Moore, interventional cardiologist with Pardee UNC Health Care. “The first 90 minutes are critical; we are constantly working to improve our processes to shorten the time needed to reopen blocked arteries. This designation is an expression of confidence in our program's ability to deliver outstanding cardiac care."

"Henderson County EMS has worked closely with Pardee on this initiative," said Mike Barnett, EMS Manager, Henderson County EMS.  "We are excited that Pardee has enhanced their capabilities to provide such a time critical procedure for patients who are experiencing a heart attack."

Pardee’s designation as a PCI Capable Hospital is new, but its cardiac services have been in place for years. Pardee has been operating an interventional cardiac catheterization laboratory, with medical and technical staff necessary to perform the full spectrum of life-saving interventional procedures, including minimally invasive PCIs, and placement of stents. 

The STEMI designation formally recognizes the collection of personnel, including interventional cardiologists Drs. Joseph Moore and Umberto Fontana, and procedures Pardee's Emergency Department has in place to handle these most serious heart attacks, further enhancing the continuum of cardiac care available 24 hours a day at the hospital. That continuum begins in the field with paramedics responding to a 911 call and the transmission of the patient's cardiac status via wireless EKG, which allows for the diagnosis and treatment plan to be put in place while the ambulance is en route, so the appropriate clinical team is already standing by when the patient comes through the door.

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