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Yakima Regional Hospital Best in State for Cardiac Care

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The American Heart Association is recognizing Yakima Regional Medical and Cardiac Center for its cardiac care. The American Heart Association is recognizing Yakima Regional Medical and Cardiac Center for its cardiac care.

YAKIMA, WA - The American Heart Association is recognizing Yakima Regional Medical and Cardiac Center for its cardiac care.

"When it comes to your heart, every second really does count," said Assistant E.R. Director, Danielle Smith.

"Our goal is always to improve patient care, particularly heart disease patient, because that effects everybody, and so this helps us achieve that goal, helps us meet new, more difficult standards," she said.

But getting here wasn't easy.  After a series of intense on-site reviews by specialists from the American Heart Association, Yakima Regional is now the only hospital in the state and one of a handful across the nation to receive the Lifeline Heart Attack Receiving Center Accreditation.

"It's huge, and we can become the standard as we improve our care, hopefully we can improve that care of not only our patients, but of our community.  We were really excited to be able to get it on our first try," Smith said.

And with a patient reach of about a 250,000 across the state and the northwest, C.O.O Perry Gay thought it was time to improve their care by building a new cardiac care center.

"What this does is provide an out patient setting, EKG, eco, stress-eco and the cardiac nuclear camera to provide a better service for the patients and the community," Gay said.

"Our primary goal is to provide the most recent, up-to-date, advanced technology for the patients that we see in our community that have a need, and that's our primary goal.  We invest in technology, but more importantly, we invest in people," he said.

So with the new cardiac center and the Lifeline Accreditation, Yakima Regional is now leading the way for overall heart health across the state.

The American Heart Association Lifeline Accreditation needs to be renewed every three years and Yakima regional plans to keep meeting the standards to maintain that accreditation for years to come.

They have also been an accredited chest pain center since 2007.

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