Matters of the heart: HRMC hosts heart health screenings

Feb 08, 2017
Photo by: Donated photo Susan Odom, MSN, RN, CCRN, NE-BC, ED Director at HRMC

Haywood Regional Medical Center is hosting the series “Know Your Numbers  - Heart Month Screenings” to promote awareness of signs and symptoms of a heart attack, heart health, survive – don’t drive, hands-only CPR, and more.

These events are free of charge and open to the public.   The screenings will be held each Tuesday and Thursday from Feb. 7 – March 2 from 9 a.m.11 a.m. which will include BP / BMI screenings, signs and symptoms of a heart attack, Stay Alive – Don’t Drive, hands only CPR information, and more.

Visit MyHaywoodRegional.com/popup or call 800.424.DOCS (3627) for more information.  Locations are as follows:

Tuesday, Feb. 7

ER Lobby

Haywood Regional Medical Center, 262 Leroy George Drive,  Clyde

Thursday, Feb.9

ER Lobby

Haywood Regional Medical Center, 262 Leroy George Drive,  Clyde

Tuesday, Feb. 14

Health Department

Lakeside Plaza (former Walmart)157 Paragon Parkway, Clyde

Thursday, Feb 16

Health Department

Lakeside Plaza (former Walmart)157 Paragon Parkway, Clyde

Tuesday, Feb 21

Haywood Health Center

34 Sims Circle, Waynesville (off Asheville Road)

Thursday, Feb 23

Haywood Health Center

34 Sims Circle, Waynesville (off Asheville Road)

Tuesday, Feb 28

To be determined

Check MyHaywoodRegional.com/Popup for an update

Thursday, March 2

To be determined

Check MyHaywoodRegional.com/Popup for an update

“People tend to wait when they think they might be having a heart attack, and that’s a mistake,” said Susan Odom, MSN, RN, CCRN, NE-BC, ED Director at Haywood Regional.  “The average patient arrives in the emergency department more than two hours after the onset of symptoms, but what they don’t realize is that the sooner a heart attack is treated, the less damage to the heart and the better the outcome for the patient. With our new accreditation and ongoing community outreach, we hope to bring greater awareness to the importance of timely care and help even more people in western North Carolina.

To become an Accredited Chest Pain Center, Haywood Regional Medical Center engaged in rigorous evaluation by SCPC for its ability to assess, diagnose and treat patients who may be experiencing a heart attack. Chest Pain Center accreditation improves care by enhancing coordination among all providers involved in the patient’s care: emergency responders, local EMS, our hospital ED team, the critical care unit and cardiac rehab. To Western North Carolina, this means that processes are in place that meet strict criteria aimed at:

  • Reducing the time from onset of symptoms to diagnosis and treatment
  • Treating patients more quickly during the critical window of time when the integrity of the heart muscle can be preserved
  • Monitoring patients when it is not certain that they are having a heart attack to ensure that they are not sent home too quickly or needlessly admitted to the hospital

For more information about SCPC's accreditation and certification opportunities, visit www.scpc.org, or call toll-free 1-877-271-4176.