Medical City North Hills Receives First in North Texas Chest Pain Center Accreditation

Medical City North Hills has recently been accredited as a Cycle 5 Chest Pain Center with Primary PCI (Percutaneous Coronary Intervention) and Resuscitation, the first hospital in North Texas to achieve the accreditation. The rating is given by the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care (SCPC), the accreditation arm of the American College of Cardiology.

Medical City North Hills was the first hospital in the nation to attain Cycle 4 accreditation.

“What this means is that North Hills provides high-quality and evidenced-based care to patients with chest pain, patients having a heart attack needing quick treatment in the Cath Lab, and to those recovering from a cardiac arrest,” said Xavier Villarreal, CEO at Medical City North Hills. “This truly demonstrates our continued commitment to the care and improvement of human life. “

An Accredited Chest Pain Center’s (CPC) evidence-based, protocol-driven and systematic approach to cardiac patient care allows clinicians to reduce time to treatment during the critical early stages of a heart attack. Accredited facilities better monitor patients when it is not initially clear whether or not a patient is having a coronary event. Such monitoring ensures patients are neither sent home too early nor needlessly admitted.

Heart attacks are the leading cause of death in the United States, with 600,000 people dying annually of heart disease. More than five million Americans visit hospitals each year with chest pain.

SCPC’s Chest Pain Center accreditation process came about as greater numbers of facilities in the United States sought to establish standards and adopt best practices in the quality of care provided to patients experiencing chest pain. The accreditation process ensures that hospitals meet or exceed an array of stringent criteria and undergo a comprehensive onsite review by a team of accreditation review specialists. Hospitals that receive SCPC Chest Pain Center accreditation status have achieved a higher level of expertise in dealing with patients who present with symptoms of a heart attack. Accredited hospitals emphasize the importance of standardized diagnostic and treatment programs that provide more efficient and effective evaluation as well as more appropriate and rapid treatment of patients with chest pain and other heart attack symptoms. They also serve as a point of entry into the healthcare system to evaluate and treat other medical problems and help to promote a healthier lifestyle in an attempt to reduce the risk factors for heart attack.

About Medical City North Hills

Medical City North Hills is licensed for 164 beds and is fully accredited by the Joint Commission. North Hills also has Disease Specific Certification by the Joint Commission for hip, knee, shoulder and cardiac service lines and we are a designated Level IV trauma center. Our specialty services and honors include being the first hospital in the U.S. to have a Cycle 4 Chest Pain Center and the first in North Texas to attain Cycle 5 accreditation. We have Primary Stroke Center certification by the Joint Commission and also specialize in total joint replacement and cardiac care. Medical City North Hills is a part of HCA.

About the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care

The Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care (SCPC) is an international, nonprofit organization that focuses on transforming cardiovascular care by assisting facilities in their efforts to create cardiovascular centers of excellence that deliver quality care and patient satisfaction in a cost sensitive environment. As the accreditation services arm of the American College of Cardiology, SCPC offers individual hospitals and hospital systems the support needed to effectively reduce variations of care and bridge existing gaps in treatment. Through its collaboration with actively engaged, multidisciplinary teams, SCPC is Taking Science to the Bedside™ and improving outcomes in the management of heart disease For more information about SCPC's accreditation and certification opportunities, visit, or call toll-free (877) 271-4176.