Beckley ARH looks to add emergency care for heart attack patients

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BECKLEY, WV (WVNS) — Beckley Appalachian Regional Hospital (ARH) has applied to provide emergency intervention care for heart attack victims. The hospital asked for a certificate of need from the West Virginia Health Care Authority.

Approval will allow the hospital to provide therapeutic percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI). The procedure opens a blocked or narrowed artery to restore blood flow to the heart.

“This is about saving lives, pure and simple,” said BARH CEO Rocco Massey. “We are equipped and ready to provide this procedure.  We meet the standards. It’s just a matter of approval at this point.”

According to a release from the hospital, patients who could benefit from PCI are transferred to other facilities in the region.  Massey said the time it takes to transfer the patient can be life-threatening.

“We call it the ‘golden hour,'” said Massey. “Intervention is crucial during that first hour following a heart attack. We want to be able to treat patients appropriately rather than sending them elsewhere.”

Massey added that BARH has the equipment, personnel and experience to conduct this life-saving procedure. ARH Cardiology Associates, a department of BARH Hospital, partnered with CardioSolution, which delivers comprehensive cardiovascular services to hospitals across the country. 

The Health Care Authority (HCA) set a public hearing to review the matter for May 15, 2019.  It will begin at 9 a.m. at the HCA offices located at 100 Dee Drive, Charleston, WV.

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