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Colorado Plains Medical Center continues its ongoing commitment to top notch care of cardiac patients.  The facility was awarded its second 3-year accreditation as an official Chest Pain Center in September, 2019.

CPMC continues to invest extensive resources in preparing for and maintaining this accreditation.  The on-site evaluation examines how the facility provides care for individuals with heart attack complaints.  The evaluation starts with the patient’s arrival at the hospital and continues throughout their stay and discharge.  Experts from the American College of Cardiology were able to see that hospital staff of all roles from housekeepers to ICU nurses know the warning signs of a heart attack. CPMC demonstrated we are a frequent educator in Morgan County about the signs of a heart attack and how to perform bystander CPR.  

If you arrive at CPMC with a heart attack, you can expect your serious condition to be identified quickly, powerful clot-bursting medication administered within minutes when appropriate, and emergent transfer to a cardiologist at a larger hospital arranged even as state of the art medications are infusing.

Nationally Recognized Chest Pain Center

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Heart attacks can happen anytime, anyplace — and to anyone. And when they do, every minute matters.

The American College of Cardiology has recognized Colorado Plains Medical Center for its demonstrated expertise and commitment in treating patients with chest pain. Colorado Plains Medical Center was awarded Chest Pain Center Accreditation based on rigorous onsite evaluation of our team’s ability to evaluate, diagnose and treat patients who may be experiencing a heart attack.  

Heart disease is the leading cause of death for men and women in the U.S., responsible for one in four deaths, according to the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC). But it doesn’t have to be. Through education and early treatment, heart disease can be successfully treated and, in many cases, even prevented. 

The most common symptom of a heart attack for both men and women is chest pain or discomfort. However, women are more likely to have atypical symptoms. Other heart attack symptoms include, but are not limited to, tingling or discomfort in one or both arms, back, shoulder, neck or jaw; shortness of breath; cold sweat; unusual tiredness; heartburn-like feeling; nausea or vomiting; sudden dizziness; and fainting. 

The good news is that everyone can lower their risk of heart disease by knowing these early signs of heart attack and practicing good preventive habits, including exercising regularly, eating a nutritious diet, avoiding smoking and controlling your blood pressure.  

Rural hospitals rarely have full-time cardiologists available or all the heart procedures of hospitals in large cities. Being a nationally recognized Chest Pain Center exemplifies CPMC's commitment to giving you the best care available in the crucial minutes you arrive at our door and confidence that we know how to provide the emergent treatment you need if you have a heart attack. 

This accomplishment was achieved through a collaboration of all hospital staff and local Morgan County EMS. We were able to receive this re-accreditation because of the diligence and hard work everyone has put into making certain goals achievable. 

If you or someone you know experiences symptoms of a heart attack, contact 911 immediately or proceed to the nearest emergency room or Accredited Chest Pain Center.   

Our Mission

The mission of the Chest Pain Center at Colorado Plains Medical Center is to improve cardiac care for the acute coronary syndrome (ACS) patient through implementation of evidence-based practice, education, and efficient resource utilization. The Chest Pain Center Team is committed to providing compassionate, high quality care to every patient that presents to the facility with Chest Pain/ACS. The team is passionate about community outreach to support the awareness of Early Heart Attack Care (EHAC) and Hands Only CPR.

If you would like more information on the Chest Pain Center or the Accreditation by the American College of Cardiology, please contact Chest Pain Coordinator and Stress Lab Registered Nurse, Megan Klacman at 970-542-4342 or email Megan.Klacman@lpnt.net.