For the fourth year in a row, residents of northwest Arkansas voted Mercy “Best Emergency Department” – an honor that humbles and inspires us. Because in an emergency – when you need care most – only our best will do.
Patients who arrive at Mercy Hospital Northwest Arkansas with heart attack-like symptoms are triaged and have an EKG completed immediately. If STEMI is identified, Rapid Access is initiated and the patient is sent to the Cardiac Cath Lab at Mercy Hospital Northwest Arkansas. To facilitate easier and quicker access, a Rapid Access Service is available to referring hospitals and physician offices. The service is staffed 24 hours per day by cardiovascular nurses who assist with triage, hospital admissions, patient transfers and care coordination.
STEMI, which stands for ST-Segment Elevation Myocardial Infarction - or the medical indication that a heart attack has occurred. Patients suffering heart attacks who receive care within 90 minutes fare better than those who don’t. However, only about 35% of hospitals nationwide have adopted time-saving procedures to achieve this standard of care. Mercy Hospital Northwest Arkansas is one of them.
At Mercy, we offer comprehensive services to diagnose and treat a full range of conditions, including: