Methodist Hospital is the only private hospital offering around-the-clock cardiologists in San Antonio. When patients arrive at Methodist Hospital and require cardiac care, they don’t have to wait for a member of the emergency room staff to page an on-call cardiologist. Twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week, Methodist Hospital has two cardiologists in the hospital. In the event of a cardiac emergency, having cardiologists ready on site can mean the difference between life or death. Nationally, the average time it takes between a patient’s arrival at the hospital to having a heart surgery is 90 minutes. At Methodist Hospital, the average is well under 60 minutes and can get as low as only 30 minutes.
The cardio-hospitalist program has many advantages including lower costs, shortened length of stay for patients, a lower readmission rate for patients, and most importantly, in-hospital deaths linked to heart attacks have dropped.
Because of this achievement, the Texas Hospital Association has honored Methodist Healthcare with the 2012 Bill Aston Award for Quality for our cardiac surgeons and other doctors for their commitment to providing outstanding heart care for the San Antonio community. Established in 2010, the award recognizes the hospital’s measurable success in improving quality and patient outcomes through the sustained implementation of a national and/or state evidence-based patient care initiative.