Rowan Regional Medical Center gets recognition from Heart Association

  • Posted: Friday, June 8, 2012 12:01 a.m.
    UPDATED: Friday, June 8, 2012 7:07 a.m.

CHARLOTTE -- An American Heart Association study is praising North Carolina’s health care for heart attack patients.

Researchers said guidelines implemented across the state in hospitals are setting the standard for how the rest of the country can save lives when seconds count.

“This was a collaborative effort among all the hospitals in North Carolina,” said Dr. Telly Meadows, a cardiologist at Rowan Regional Medical Center.

One-hundred-nineteen hospitals, along with more than 500 EMS systems were enrolled in the Regional Approach to Cardiovascular Emergencies Program, also known as RACE.

“Streamlining the approach of, how are we going to treat a patient who’s having a suspected heart attack,” said Meadows.

Getting the patient from their home to a hospital, reopening arteries in 90 minutes or less is the goal. At Rowan Regional their record is 54 minutes.

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