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Full-scope cardiac care

Yakima Heart Center cardiologists and Memorial’s cardiac catheterization lab staff are skilled experts in treating patients like Jim Sprecher, who had suffered a heart attack.

Jim Sprecher walked into his kitchen on a Sunday morning in June 2012, told his wife to dial 911—and collapsed. Jim woke up four days later in Memorial’s intensive care unit. Nurses there had to convince him he had suffered a heart attack.

“I had no inclination that I would ever have a heart attack,” Sprecher says. “There was no history in our family of heart problems.”

Yakima Heart Center cardiologists and Memorial’s cardiac catheterization lab staff are skilled experts in treating patients like Sprecher, who had suffered a heart attack. More than 1,500 patients selected Memorial Hospital for cardiac medical care in 2012—more than any other hospital in the Yakima Valley.

Memorial Family of Services offers a full scope of cardiac care, from diagnostic services to cardiac rehabilitation. A new electrophysiology lab, opened last year, helps to determine the cause of patients’ erratic heartbeats and to correct these arrhythmias. Cardiac rehabilitation is a medically supervised program involving exercise, nutritional counseling, emotional support and education to reduce a patient’s risk of future heart problems.

Memorial is designated by the Washington State Department of Health as a Level 1 emergency Cardiac Center, and the American Heart Association has given Memorial’s heart program its highest award for quality and safety. Memorial is the first and only hospital in Washington to receive The Joint Commission distinction in three separate cardiovascular programs: Cardiac Rehabilitation, Chest Pain and Heart Failure.

“Memorial took care of me and kept me alive,” Sprecher says. “And I’m very grateful for that.”


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