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Coordination of Care Benefits Heart Attack Patients

Heart attack patients in north Snohomish County are benefiting from the strong coordination of care between the emergency departments at Skagit Regional Health’s two acute care hospitals coupled with the availability of 24/7 cardiology services and an excellent partnership with Emergency Medical Services (EMS) and North County Regional Fire Authority.

The Emergency Department team at Cascade Valley Hospital works closely with their colleagues at Skagit Valley Hospital in Mount Vernon to prepare and transport heart attack patients to the Mount Vernon facility where the system’s cardiac catheterization labs are located. In 2021, 13 patients were transferred to the cath lab at Skagit Valley Hospital and two have been sent north in 2022.

“With a heart attack patient, it’s really important to move quickly and we have developed a seamless process between the Cascade Valley and Skagit Valley hospitals’ Emergency Departments, our cardiologists, EMS and the cath lab,” said Justin Boardley, RN, BSN, CEN, Manager of Emergency Services at Cascade Valley Hospital. “Our times from patient arrival to opening a vessel in the cath lab prove how successful we have been.

Three Arlington Fire Department firefighters pose in front of ambulance parked in front of Cascade Valley Hospital entrance.

“I would have to say the partnership between the two Emergency Departments for STEMIs (heart attack) as well as county EMS for transfers has been a great system,” said Dr. Dennis Miller, Emergency Department physician and chief of the medical staff at Cascade Valley Hospital. “We typically get STEMIs out of our door in 30-40 minutes maximum, which makes door-to-balloon times outstanding. This partnership has been an invaluable asset to our patients and the community.”

Cardiology Services Near You:
With clinic locations in Anacortes, Arlington and Mount Vernon, cardiology services at Skagit Regional Health Heart and Vascular Institute provide patients across Skagit, Island and north Snohomish counties with the necessary tools to prevent or treat heart disease.

Our board-certified and fellowship trained physicians make it easy and convenient to get comprehensive and individualized heart care when you need it – close to home.

Skagit Regional Clinics Anacortes Cardiology: 360-293-0308
Skagit Regional Clinics Mount Vernon Cardiology: 360-336-9757
Skagit Regional Health Arlington Specialty Clinic: 360-336-9757