Terrebonne General Medical Center’s Chest Pain Center recently was accredited by an internationally recognized society.

This was the second accreditation for the hospital after being surveyed by the American College of Cardiology, formerly known as the Society of Cardiovascular Institute.

TGMC was also recognized for its efforts in community prevention, screenings and early heart attack care.

The medical center, with the help of the Cardiovascular Institute of the South, earned high marks with 98 percent of heart attack patients receiving percutaneous coronary intervention within 57 minutes or less of arrival to the hospital, compared to the national guideline of 90 minutes. Percutaneous coronary intervention, formerly known as angioplasty, is a non-surgical procedure that uses a catheter to place a small structure called a stent to open up blood vessels in the heart.

Phyllis Peoples, president and CEO of TGMC, said she is proud the center received the accreditation for the second time.

“South Louisiana has one of the highest incidences of heart disease in the nation,” Peoples said. “We are constantly striving to innovate and improve patient outcomes, and thanks to the dedication of our CIS physicians and staff, our team has systems in place to ensure that patients experiencing a heart attack receive prompt and the highest quality care leading to better patient outcomes.”

-- Staff Writer Holly Duchmann can be reached at 857-2205 or holly.duchmann@houmatoday.com. Follow her on Twitter @holly_evamarie.