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Heart Month and Beyond: Get Quality Cardiac Care at Good Samaritan Hospital February’s designation as National Heart Month is a fitting time to learn more about the advanced cardiac care available right here at Good Samaritan Hospital in Kearney, Neb. Even as the walls of the new Ron and Carol Cope Heart Center are under construction, the Heart Center’s physicians and staff are focused on advancing heart care to create a center of cardiovascular excellence that ranks among the top in the nation. Recently, Good Samaritan became one of the first hospitals in the nation to use a new diagnostic tool for viewing the inside of arteries surrounding the heart. The ILUMIEN system uses light to provide physicians with advanced visual detail to improve the diagnosis and treatment of coronary artery disease. By using ILUMIEN in our catheterization lab, physicians can visualize and measure important blood vessel characteristics otherwise not visible or difficult to assess with older imaging technologies. The technology is on clinical trial at Good Samaritan and only a handful of other hospitals across the nation such as Mayo Clinic and Johns Hopkins. When the new center opens later this year, Good Samaritan wants cutting edge equipment and technology available at the Ron and Carol Cope Heart Center. This clinical trial is just one of the ways the staff and physicians are preparing for that. Good Samaritan continually scrutinizes its cardiac program to ensure it is always improving the quality of care offered to patients.
In 2011, the hospital received accreditation from the Society of Chest Pain Centers as a Heart Failure Center, the only accredited center in the state and the upper Midwest. Good Samaritan also received re-accreditation of its Chest Pain Center. Good Samaritan first earned Chest Pain Center Accreditation in 2005 and was the first hospital in Nebraska with this distinction. Cycle II re-accreditation was awarded in 2008 and the July 2011 visit by the SCPC determined Good Samaritan’s Cycle III reaccreditation status. Each cycle has more stringent guidelines, making it harder to attain. The Ron and Carol Cope Heart Center won’t simply be a beautiful facility where heart patients can receive care. It will also give this region access to the latest technology, quality outcomes and safe care. Because Good Samaritan serves as the closest chest pain center for more than 200,000 Nebraskans, it is important to provide care that is among the best available anywhere. With its new Heart Center, Good Samaritan is taking its entire heart program to the next level. The Ron and Carol Cope Heart Center, which is being built in part with a $1 million donation from the Ron and Carol Cope Foundation, is expected to open in late summer 2012. For more information about cardiac care at Good Samaritan Hospital, please visit www.gshs.org or call (308) 865-7521.
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