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24/7 Chest Pain Observation Services Now Offered at Medical Center Jewish South
Additional hours will provide patients with prompt diagnosis, exceptional care at all hours
Shepherdsville, Ky. (May 1, 2018) – Medical Center Jewish South, part of KentuckyOne Health, is now offering patients in Bullitt County and surrounding areas a new option for chest pain diagnosis and care. Chest Pain Observation services at the hospital are now available to patients 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, allowing community members to get the help they need at all hours of the day and night. The Chest Pain Observation program opened in 2018, providing patients who have low-risk chest pain prompt diagnosis and high-quality treatment.
“It’s important that patients experiencing chest pain are assessed quickly and observed continuously, to make sure they are not experiencing symptoms of a heart attack,” said Chandhiran Rangaswamy, MD, KentuckyOne Health Cardiology, medical director of invasive cardiology at Jewish Hospital. “By offering our experience and technology at all hours, we can help diagnose and treat these patients more quickly and help prevent inpatient admissions that may not be necessary.”
The goal of the Chest Pain Observation program is to diagnose patients and prescribe a treatment plan within 15-18 hours of arrival. This includes having the stress test completed on the same day or within 72 hours of discharge. Patients admitted to the program can expect to be discharged or transferred to an inpatient facility within 23 hours.
To qualify for the Chest Pain Observation program, patients must have no major cardiac history. An electrocardiogram (EKG) will gather electrical activity of the patient’s heart to check for signs of heart disease. In addition, labs and stress tests can be completed to help determine treatment options for the patient. Patients who believe they are having a heart attack should call 911 for help.
“The Chest Pain Observation program will help reduce nonessential patient transfers to downtown Louisville, produce a shorter length of stay and decrease health care costs for patients,” said Dr. Rangaswamy. “This provides a unique service that is not offered anywhere else in Bullitt County. We are thrilled to offer community members an option for care that they haven’t yet experienced before locally.”
Medical Center Jewish South is located at 1903 W. Hebron Lane in Shepherdsville. For more information on the Chest Pain Observation program at Medical Center Jewish South, visit www.kentuckyonehealth.org/chest-pain-observation, or call 502.955.3000.
About Medical Center Jewish South
Medical Center Jewish South, part of KentuckyOne Health, opened in 2006 to provide outpatient and emergency care, along with specialty physician services to fast-growing Bullitt County. Medical Center Jewish South employees are leaders in community involvement and contribute hundreds of hours of volunteer service annually. The medical center offers a full range of services, including 24/7 emergency care, chest pain center, digital mammography, diagnostic and medical imaging, outpatient surgery, physician care, rehab services and more.
About KentuckyOne Health
KentuckyOne Health, part of Catholic Health Initiatives, is one of the largest and most comprehensive health systems in the Commonwealth, and includes hospitals, physician groups, clinics, primary care centers, specialty institutes and home health agencies in Kentucky and southern Indiana. KentuckyOne Health is dedicated to bringing wellness, healing and hope to all, including the underserved.