Rapides Regional Medical Center has received Chest Pain Certification from The Joint Commission.

Rapides Regional is the only local hospital with this certification.

The Joint Commission requirements for certification address three areas:

  • Compliance with consensus-based national standards
  • Effective and consistent use of appropriate, evidence-based clinical practice guidelines for Acute Myocardial Infarction and Acute Coronary Syndrome patient populations
  • Collection and analysis of a minimum of four performance measures specific to the chest pain patient population. A minimum of two performance measures must be clinical in nature.

"Rapides Regional Medical Center has thoroughly demonstrated a high level of care for patients with heart disease,” said Patrick Phelan, executive director, Hospital Business Development, The Joint Commission. “We commend Rapides Regional Medical Center for becoming a leader in cardiac care, providing a higher standard of service for chest pain patients in its community.”

Rapides Regional Medical Center was previously accredited as a chest pain center by ACC Accreditation Services.

“This is a testament to the quality of cardiovascular care provided by our expert cardiac team at Rapides Regional Medical Center,” said RRMC CEO Jason Cobb. “We are proud to offer our friends and neighbors in Central Louisiana heart care on a higher level.”