Coral Springs, Florida — Broward Health Coral Springs has been designated as a Level 1 Heart Program by the Agency for Healthcare Administration (AHCA), which means that the most acute heart attack patients will be able to receive critical interventional care. As a newly accredited ST-Elevation Myocardial Infarction (STEMI) program, Broward Health Coral Springs can now treat patients presenting with heart attacks with an angioplasty procedure if deemed appropriate.

“When you’re having a heart attack, you want quality care that is close to home,” said Mohammed Osman, MD, medical director of interventional cardiology at Broward Health Coral Springs. “This is the latest milestone for us as we expand our cardiac program and continue to strive for a high level of care to better serve our community.”

In August, a state-of-the art cardiac catheterization lab opened at Broward Health Coral Springs. The new lab, which includes four pre-and-post-procedure patient care bays and is equipped with the latest patient monitoring technology, as well as the Level 1 Heart Program designation, are part of the hospital’s initiative to provide patients with advanced and critical life-saving cardiac procedures close to home.

The addition of the STEMI heart program also makes it possible for EMS to pre-alert the emergency department and transmit the electrocardiogram.

“Our team can then be ready for the arrival of the patient and rapidly stabilize, medicate and expedite care to our in-house cardiac catheterization lab,” said Gary Lai, DO, chief of emergency medicine at Broward Health Coral Springs. “This will save lives and optimize outcomes.”

With more than 50 years of expertise in cardiac programs, the Level 1 Heart Program and cath lab at Broward Health Coral Springs follows a long tradition of cardiac excellence at the health system. While these are relatively new to Broward Health Coral Springs, the care and treatment of a patient requiring advanced cardiac services is not new to the cardiac team.

“We are proud of the highly experienced and knowledgeable cardiac team that has been built here,” said Jared Smith, CEO of Broward Health Coral Springs. “Each caregiver brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise with more than 30 years of combined experience. Along with Broward Health physician clinical expertise, the expansion of our cardiac services exemplifies our commitment to enhance services for our growing community in Broward’s northwest corridor.”

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