E.W. Sparrow Hospital Nationally Recognized for Leading-Edge Heart Attack Care

Published: Monday, December 12, 2022

LANSING, MI - E.W. Sparrow Hospital in Lansing has been recognized by the American College of Cardiology for providing immediate and leading-edge cardiac arrest care to patients with chest pain. That means patients can feel even more confident about receiving the best care close to home.

For the first time ever, Sparrow has been awarded Chest Pain Center Accreditation with Primary PCI (percutaneous coronary intervention) and Resuscitation. The recognition is based on thorough onsite evaluations of our highly skilled staff’s ability to evaluate, diagnose, and treat patients who may be experiencing a heart attack.

Hospitals that have earned ACC Chest Pain Center with Primary PCI and Resuscitation Accreditation have proven exceptional competency in treating patients with heart attack symptoms and have primary PCI available 24/7 every day of the year. Percutaneous coronary intervention is a non-surgical procedure that opens narrowed or blocked coronary arteries with a balloon to relieve symptoms of heart disease or reduce heart damage during or after a heart attack. In addition, Sparrow also maintains a “No Diversion Policy” for out-of-hospital cardiac arrest patients, which means that at no time are ambulances diverted away from the Emergency Department.

"Our chest pain accreditation through the American College of Cardiology emphasizes our continued commitment at Sparrow Hospital and Sparrow Thoracic Cardiovascular Institute (TCI) to provide patients with the best evidence-based cardiac care,” said Carlos Fernandez, D.O., Interventional Cardiologist, Sparrow TCI. “This will elevate the patient care process, providing community outreach and educational programs as well as reducing inefficiencies. This commitment by Sparrow and Sparrow TCI ensures that every patient will receive quality, compassionate cardiac care every time."

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control estimates that almost 700,000 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 tingling or discomfort in one or both arms, back, shoulder, neck or jaw; shortness of breath; cold sweat; nausea or vomiting; and sudden dizziness and fainting.

Sparrow Heart and Vascular Center services include non-invasive testing, Catheterization Laboratories, and a Cardiac Recovery Unit. Sparrow Thoracic and Cardiovascular Institute (TCI) is the pre-eminent provider of heart and vascular care in Mid-Michigan, providing highly trained cardiovascular providers and groundbreaking cardiac research. To learn more, visit Sparrow.org/Heart.


Sparrow is Mid-Michigan’s premier health care organization that includes hospitals in Lansing, Charlotte, St. Johns, Ionia and Carson City as well as Physicians Health Plan, Sparrow Care Network, Sparrow Medical Group, the Michigan Athletic Club, and AL!VE. Sparrow is affiliated with Michigan Medicine through the Sparrow Children’s Center and with Michigan State University’s three human health colleges. Through these partnerships and the dedication of our 10,000 Caregivers, Sparrow pursues a vision to be nationally recognized as a leader in quality and Patient experience. For more information, visit Sparrow.org