West Hills Hospital
April 16, 2015

WEST HILLS, Calif. (April 16, 2015) — On April 16, 2015, West Hills Hospital & Medical Center, a full-service acute care facility located in the San Fernando Valley, hosted a celebratory barbecue to honor the hospital staff and first responders whose teamwork and dedication have made the hospital’s average “door-to-balloon” response time one of the fastest in the nation.

Door-to-balloon response time refers to the length of time it takes a healthcare facility to stabilize a heart attack patient. It starts from the moment the patient arrives at the emergency room door to the moment the hospital’s cardiac catheterization laboratory staff use a “balloon” to unblock the artery that is causing the heart attack.

West Hills Hospital’s average response time is 43.6 minutes, placing it within the top ten percent of hospitals nationwide. According to data from the National Cardiovascular Data Registry (NCDR), which tracks and monitors hospitals’ cardiovascular disease treatment results, the national standard for door-to-balloon response time is 90 minutes.

An average of 15 active heart attacks are treated at West Hills Hospital each month, and the hospital has a team of cardiologists, nurses and technicians on call 24/7 to respond in a timely manner when first responders bring new patients to the emergency room.

“We are incredibly proud of our ability to respond quickly, and it couldn’t happen without the hard work of our community’s first responders, the emergency department staff and our cardiac catheterization team,” said Ramin Farshi, MD, West Hills Hospital & Medical Center’s Cath Lab Medical Director. “Saving lives requires teamwork, and that’s why we wanted to recognize the individuals who work together with one heart, as one team, to stop heart attacks.”

The celebratory barbecue, held from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., featured West Hills Hospital heart attack survivors, healthcare workers and dignitaries. Among the attendees was also Ron Rubine, a representative from Councilmember Mitchell Englander’s office.

For patient case studies and more information on West Hills Hospital’s response times, please email jenny@mustangmktg.com.

About West Hills Hospital & Medical Center

West Hills Hospital & Medical Center, a full-service acute care facility, has served the West San Fernando Valley for more than 50 years. With 450 expert physicians and a staff of more than 900 that brings outstanding service to every bedside, the hospital offers a full complement of advanced technology, compassion and responsive care for the improvement of human life. West Hills Hospital was the first Accredited Chest Pain Center in Los Angeles County, and also provides specialized care in the Emergency Department, Intensive Care Unit, Outpatient Services, Cardiac Catheterization Labs and The Grossman Burn Center. For more information on quality care, close to home, visit www.WestHillsHospital.com.

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