Tony Corso adjusts his drone camera before it takes off for flight to snap a group heart-shaped photo at Paris Regional Medical Center Wednesday morning.

Officials at Paris Regional Medical Center announced today the hospital has received full Chest Pain Center accreditation and celebrated the announcement with all their hearts. PRMC officials received word of the accreditation on July 1. The hospital is now certified as a Chest Pain Center with Percutaneous Coronary Intervention Accreditation from the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care. To become an accredited Chest Pain Center, the hospital, as well as city of Paris dispatchers and Paris Emergency Medical Services, were thoroughly evaluated for the ability to assess, diagnose and treat patients who may be experiencing a heart attack. The team met or exceeded a wide set of criteria and an on-site review by an accreditation specialist.

“This accreditation is a reflection of the teamwork and professional excellence of the physicians and staff here at PRMC,” Dr. Paul Dwyer, PRMC Emergency Department medical director said. “This accreditation verifies that we have processes in place to reduce the time from the start of symptoms to diagnosis and treatment, to treat patients more quickly during the window of time when heart muscle can be preserved.”

“This accreditation has great impact on the people we serve in our region,” said Patti Monczewski, Interim CEO of Paris Regional Medical Center. “We’ve demonstrated that we are committed to the highest standards around safety and quality of care for the cardiac patients in our community.”

“This took months of work and planning,” Monczewski said. “This photo opportunity with employees and members of the community is the fun part.”

About 50 PRMC employees, businessmen and city and county officials — all dressed in red — gathered for the announcement on the helipad on the hospital’s north campus, and later formed a heart for a photograph taken by a drone camera owned and operated by Tony Corso.

Corso and the hospital’s marketing director Kristi Head wrangled the crowd into a heart shape after local art gallery owner Lena Spencer sketched the shape on the concrete pad. Corso said his camera was 150-200 feet in the air above the helipad battling windy conditions when he got the shot he wanted.

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