Technology Highlights

Technology, Certification and Program Highlights

  • JPS adopts some of the most innovative technology and treatments available:
  • JPS was the first of three facilities in Texas to install an Intravascular Ultrasound Unit in the Cardiac Catheterization Lab.
  • JPS installed a second state of the art vascular lab in December 2006.
  • JPS received Chest Pain Unit Cycle II certification on February 13, 2007 and was the first hospital in Fort Worth to obtain certification at this level.
  • JPS performs over 1500 diagnostic and interventional cardiac cath lab procedures annually.
  • JPS performs over 4,000 vascular ultrasound diagnostic procedures annually.
  • JPS performs over 9,000 cardiac ultrasound diagnostic procedures annually.
  • JPS exceeds the 90-minute American College of Cardiology recommendation for emergent cath arrival time to inflation time by an average of less than 80 minutes.

Chest Pain Center

Chest Pain Centers were originally developed to reduce the number of heart attack deaths by greatly reducing the time to diagnosis and treatment of a patient having symptoms of a possible heart attack. Since the majority of patients that come to the Emergency Department with chest pain or other related symptoms are not actually having a heart attack, an additional goal is to decrease the number of unnecessary admissions to the hospital while avoiding discharging a patient that is actually having a coronary event. This evaluation process is done in a specialized observation setting in which patients are monitored when it is not clear whether they are having a coronary event. The management of these patients is based on current standards of care using guidelines established by the American College of Cardiology and the American Heart Association.

The Society of Chest Pain Centers was formed to focus on educating the public and healthcare professionals on the importance of rapid diagnosis and treatment for patients experiencing chest pain. The Society's accreditation review is a performance improvement initiative that assists hospitals to improve quality of care provided to these patients. To earn accreditation status, facilities must meet or exceed a wide set of strict criteria and pass an on-site evaluation by a review team from the Society of Chest Pain Centers. By successfully completing this process, JPS Health Network joins a select group of 37 hospitals that have received designation as an Accredited Chest Pain Center with PCI: Cycle II which is the highest level at this time. An additional 332 hospitals in the country have obtained a Cycle I certification. Appreciation for this achievement goes to the multi-disciplinary team that has been actively working over the past year to develop the Chest Pain Unit and to obtain certification with special emphasis to Dottie Zey, Chest Pain Coordinator, who was instrumental for JPS in obtaining this goal.