Emergency Care for Heart Attack, Stroke and Other Conditions
The Emergency Department at Valley Hospital Medical Center is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week to provide the care you need when you need it. The department features a comfortable, spacious environment to treat patients who need emergency care for minor ailments and more serious injuries and illnesses such as:
- Stroke or heart attack
- Chest, abdominal or back pains
- Cuts, contusions, sprains or broken bones
- Infections such as upper respiratory infections
Accredited Chest Pain Center
The Chest Pain Center at Valley Hospital has been certified by the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care as an accredited chest pain center with percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI). PCI includes procedures that treat patients who have partially or completely restricted blood flow through an artery of the heart.
Among those procedures are balloon angioplasty and stents. The Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care's goal is to reduce mortality from heart attacks by teaching the public to recognize and react to the early symptoms of a heart attack and to reduce the time that it takes to receive treatment.
Primary Stroke Center
Valley Hospital has been certified as an Advanced Primary Stroke Centers by The Joint Commission. The Joint Commission's Certificate of Distinction for Advanced Primary Stroke Centers recognizes centers that make exceptional efforts to foster better outcomes for stroke care.
To achieve certification for one year, stroke centers must demonstrate that they comply with standards, clinical practice guidelines and performance measurement activities. To maintain certification, a stroke center must attest to continued compliance with standards and evidence of performance measurement and improvement activities each year, pass an on-site review conducted every two years by The Joint Commission and complete a bi-annual submission of an acceptable assessment of compliance by the organization.
EM Xpress is a designated area that allows for the rapid transition of patient care from emergency medical service (EMS) providers (i.e. the ambulance crew) to our emergency medicine team. Most patients arriving by ambulance require immediate life-saving treatment, while others may be placed into our rapid treatment area or may be further triaged by the emergency room nurse for appropriate placement within the department. This dedicated area allows us to perform this task.