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FARMINGTON — San Juan Regional Medical Center recently became an accredited Chest Pain Center with Percutaneous Coronary Intervention.

Hospitals with the accreditation from the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care have achieved a high level of expertise caring for patients with chest pains and heart attack symptoms, according to a press release from the hospital.

Accredited faiclities also have resources that include a call team of cardiac cath lab staff and an interventional cardiologist who is available 24 hours a day. The team arrives at the hospital within 20 minutes of a suspected heart attack.

"We are able to bring together diverse medical specialties such as paramedics, emergency medicine and cardiology to assess, diagnose and treat patients who may come to us with a complaint of chest pain or experiencing symptoms of a heart attack," said Dr. Charles Wilkins, medical director of Farmington's Chest Pain Center, in a prepared statement. "This cooperation and teamwork between the departments helps ensure all types of chest pain patients receive appropriate protocol-driven and timely care."

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