University's Helipad

When Minutes Count ...

Time is muscle.

It's short, but to the point. When a person is having a heart attack, the faster they can be diagnosed and treated, the more likely they are to avoid death or severe disability. That's why University Hospital is continually working to shave minutes off its cardiac response time.

One way University is working to save heart muscle is with its new helipad, which is situated directly in front of the entrance to University's Emergency Department. The helipad will primarily be used to transport heart patients from outlying area hospitals to University for treatment.

Depend on the Area's Most
Experienced Heart & Vascular Team

University Hospital offers the largest, most comprehensive medical staff in the area, which includes more heart and vascular physicians and surgeons than any other area hospital.
These compassionate physicians continue a long tradition of "firsts," including the area's first cardiac catheterization program, the region's first angioplasty and the first heart transplant program in Georgia. In 1994, University was the first hospital in Georgia to use drug-eluting stents. University was also the first hospital in Georgia to operate a cardiopulmonary rehabilitation program of its size and scope.

Today, University operates the largest, most innovative heart and vascular program in the region, complete with state-of-the-art diagnostics, a renowned open-heart surgery program, dedicated Stroke Unit and accredited Chest Pain Center.

Chest Pain Accreditation

The Chest Pain Center at University Hospital has demonstrated its expertise and commitment to quality patient care by meeting or exceeding a wide set of stringent criteria and completing on-site evaluations by a review team and has received full Cycle V Accreditation with Percutaneous Coronary Intervention (PCI) from the Accreditation Review Committee of the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care.

Key areas in which a Chest Pain Center must demonstrate expertise include:

  • Integrating the emergency department with the local emergency medical system
  • Assessing, diagnosing and treating patients quickly
  • Effectively treating patients with low risk for acute coronary syndrome and no assignable cause for their symptoms
  • Continually seeking to improve processes and procedures
  • Ensuring Chest Pain Center personnel competency and training
  • Maintaining organizational structure and commitment
  • Having a functional design that promotes optimal patient care
  • Supporting community outreach programs that educate the public to promptly seek medical care if they display symptoms of a possible heart attack

The Chest Pain Center's protocol-driven and systematic approach to patient management allows physicians to reduce time to treatment during the critical early stages of a heart attack, when treatments are most effective, and to better monitor patients when it is not clear whether they are having a coronary event. Such observation helps ensure that a patient is neither sent home too early nor needlessly admitted.