Portneuf Recognized for Excellence in Heart Care

Pocatello, ID – We are pleased to announce that Portneuf Medical Center once again was awarded Chest Pain Center Accreditation with Primary PCI based on rigorous onsite evaluation of the staff’s ability to evaluate, diagnose and treat patients who may be experiencing a heart attack.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 730,000 Americans suffer a heart attack each year. The most common symptom of a heart attack for both men and women is chest pain or discomfort. However, women are more likely to have atypical symptoms. Other heart attack symptoms include, but are not limited to, tingling or discomfort in one or both arms, back, shoulder, neck or jaw, shortness of breath, cold sweat, unusual tiredness, heartburn-like feeling, nausea or vomiting, sudden dizziness and fainting.

“Portneuf Medical Center has demonstrated its commitment to providing the Eastern Idaho Community with excellent heart care,” said Phillip D. Levy, MD, FACC, chair of the ACC Accreditation Management Board. “ACC Accreditation Services is proud to award Portneuf Medical Center with Chest Pain Center with Primary PCI Accreditation.”

“This accreditation reaffirms our commitment to exceptional competency in treating patients with heart attack symptoms,” said Curtis Sandy, MD. “We have PCI available 24/7 every day of the year. Along with our team of doctors, nurses, clinicians, our partnership with EMS as well as with other administrative staff, we have built a program that leads to better patient education and improved patient outcomes.”

“It was definitely a team effort,” said Maureen Hawkins, RN, BSN, Chest Pain Coordinator. “Our nurse educators met the many requirements, updated policies and reviewed processes. The EMS team was involved in public education and Curtis Sandy, MD and Fernando Grigera, MD ensured we accomplished what was required to achieve this distinction.”

If you or a loved one is looking for a team to care for your heart, our Portneuf Cardiovascular team can be reached at 208-239-3899. Our services are designed to optimize patient outcomes and our providers are focused on all aspects of cardiac care.


Note: Portneuf Medical Center is a regional referral hospital for southern and eastern Idaho and western Wyoming. From our Cancer Center and Level II NICU to our cardiology care and Level II Trauma Center, our dedicated doctors, nurses and staff stand ready to help families in the region.