Baptist Golden Triangle earns Chest Pain Center Accreditation


COLUMBUS, Miss. –The American College of Cardiology has awarded Chest Pain Center Accreditation with Primacy PCI to Baptist Memorial Hospital-Golden Triangle for its demonstrated expertise and commitment in treating patients with chest pain.

Hospitals that earn ACC Chest Pain Center Accreditation have proven their staff’s ability to evaluate, diagnose and treat patients who may be experiencing a heart attack. The Primary PCI accreditation means that Baptist Golden Triangle performs percutaneous coronary interventions for acute heart attacks. PCIs, also known as angioplasty, uses a catheter to put a stent in place to relieve cardiac plaque buildup.

“We are so proud of this chest pain accreditation and of our hardworking team members who helped us achieve the accreditation,” said Paul Cade, CEO and administrator of Baptist Golden Triangle. “This recognition demonstrates the high level of care we provide to our heart attack patients.”

ACC-accredited centers have streamlined their systems from admission and evaluation to diagnosis and treatment. These centers also provide appropriate post-discharge care and recommendations and help patients make lifestyle changes.

Hospitals receiving Chest Pain Center Accreditation from ACC must take part in a multifaceted clinical process that involves completing a gap analysis, examining variances of care, developing an action plan, submitting to a rigorous on-site review and monitoring for sustained success. Improved methods and strategies of caring for patients include streamlining processes, implementing guidelines and standards, and adopting best practices in the care of patients experiencing the signs and symptoms of a heart attack.

The American College of Cardiology envisions a world where innovation and knowledge optimize cardiovascular care and outcomes. As the professional home for the entire cardiovascular care team, the mission of the college and its 54,000 members is to transform cardiovascular care and to improve heart health. The ACC bestows credentials upon cardiovascular professionals who meet stringent qualifications and lead in the formation of health policy, standards and guidelines. The college also provides professional medical education, disseminates cardiovascular research through its world-renowned JACC Journals, operates national registries to measure and improve care, and offers cardiovascular accreditation to hospitals and institutions. For more information, visit

With 315 beds, Baptist Memorial Hospital-Golden Triangle is one of the largest regional hospitals affiliated with the Memphis, Tennessee-based Baptist Memorial Health Care system. More than 100 physicians and surgeons, representing almost every medical specialty, practice at the hospital that offers a full range of comprehensive medical care to patients of all ages. In addition to the Baptist Cancer Center in Columbus and Starkville, the hospital offers a variety of other services to the community, including Baptist Behavioral Health Care for those with behavioral and mental health problems; an extensive rehabilitation department; and free community education programs for the public. Baptist Golden Triangle is the only hospital in Mississippi and one of only 22 in the U.S. to have achieved Straight ‘A’s in Leapfrog’s Hospital Safety Score since 2012. For more information, please call 662-244-1000 or visit or follow us on Facebook at