Archive for ‘Heart & Vascular Services’

March 25, 2014

Eliminating a Stop at the Pharmacy

In an effort to continually provide the highest level of service and convenience, St. Joseph in Bryan is the first hospital in the region to partner with Walgreens for bedside prescription delivery.


Now, medication patients should take after they leave the hospital – can be delivered by a Walgreens pharmacy staff member before a patient is discharged.


Medications prescribed for hospitalized patients are managed by St. Joseph’s in-house pharmacy. Often, doctors prescribe medicine for patients as they continue to heal and stay healthy, at home.


This delivery services eliminates a stop at the pharmacy on the way home. A Walgreens staff member not only hand-delivers the prescription but can verify insurance, complete payment and provide access to a Walgreens Pharmacist all from the comfort of a patient’s room. Walgreens also follows up with patients 48 hours after they leave the hospital.


“Filling prescriptions before a patient leaves the hospital ensures there is no gap in care,” said Ricardo Diaz, Vice President of Clinical Support for St. Joseph Health System. “Sometimes, it can be challenging for patients to make arrangements to get to the pharmacy, which can lead to delays in getting medications.”


Consistent, streamlined care and one less stop on the way, allows patients to get home quicker and continue their recovery.

October 23, 2012

St. Joseph Named Area’s Only Cycle IV Chest Pain Center

After a rigorous evaluation of its ability to assess, diagnose and treat patients who may be experiencing a heart attack, St. Joseph has received Cycle IV accreditation by the Society of Chest Pain Centers (SCPC).  St. Joseph now holds the highest level of Chest Pain accreditation in the area.

About SCPC Designation

Hospitals with SCPC accreditation have achieved a higher level of expertise in dealing with patients who arrive with symptoms of a heart attack.  These facilities emphasize the importance of standardized diagnostic programs that provide efficient and more effective evaluation.  They also provide more appropriate and rapid treatment of patients with heart attack symptoms.

For Patients

Cycle IV accreditation means St. Joseph provides the highest level of care for patients with heart attack symptoms, by meeting and exceeding the SCPC’s stringent criteria.

St. Joseph has effective processes in place to:

  • Reduce the time from onset of symptoms to diagnosis and treatment.
  • Treat patients more quickly during the critical window of time when heart muscle can be preserved.
  • Monitor patients when it is not certain that they are having a heart attack to ensure that they are not sent home too quickly or needlessly admitted to the hospital.

In 2011, St. Joseph treated:

  • 461 acute heart attack patients
  • 4,900 chest pain patients

About the Society of Chest Pain Centers

The Society of Chest Pain Centers (SCPC) is an international not-for-profit organization whose mission is to transform cardiovascular care by assisting facilities in their effort to create communities of excellence that bring together quality, cost and patient satisfaction.