Baptist Health-Fort Smith Receives ACC Chest Pain Center with Primary PCI

FORT SMITH, Ark. – Baptist Health-Fort Smith was recently recognized by the American College of Cardiology for its demonstrated expertise and commitment in treating patients with chest pain. 

Baptist Health-Fort Smith was awarded Chest Pain Center Accreditation with Primary PCI based on rigorous onsite evaluation of the staff’s ability to evaluate, diagnose and treat patients who may be experiencing a heart attack. The accreditation is reviewed every three years. 

Percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) is also known as coronary angioplasty. It 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. Hospitals that have earned ACC Chest Pain Center with Primary PCI Accreditation have proven exceptional competency in treating patients with heart attack symptoms and have primary PCI available 24/7 every day of the year. 

“This achievement is due to the hard work and dedication of the personnel involved in cardiovascular care,” said Dr. Robert Parris, a cardiologist at Baptist Health-Fort Smith. “Their commitment to excellence and to providing the best care for our patients must be lauded. A debt of gratitude is also owed to the tremendous work and selflessness of the members of the chest pain committee.” 

Heart disease is the leading cause of death in Arkansas, according to the American Heart Association and Arkansas has the fourth highest death rate from cardiovascular disease in the country. 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, but are not limited to, tingling or discomfort in one or both arms, back, shoulder, neck or jaw, shortness of breath, cold sweat, unusual tiredness, heartburn-like feeling, nausea or vomiting, sudden dizziness and fainting. If you or someone around you is experiencing a heart attack, it’s important to call 911 for help. Someone experiencing a heart attack should not drive themselves to the hospital or be driven by an individual. 

To learn more about Baptist Health-Fort Smith and the cardiology services it provides, visit or call 1-888-BAPTIST


About Baptist Health

For more than a century, Baptist Health has delivered All Our Best in health care through Christian compassion and innovative services. Baptist Health is Arkansas’ most comprehensive health care organization with more than 250 points of access that include 11 hospitals; urgent care centers; a senior living community; over 100 primary and specialty care clinics; a college with studies in nursing and allied health; and a graduate residency program. It is also the largest private not-for-profit health care organization based in Arkansas, providing care through the support of approximately 11,000 employees, groundbreaking treatments, renowned physicians and community outreach programs. For more information about Baptist Health, visit, call Baptist Health HealthLine at 1-888-BAPTIST or download the myBaptistHealth app.

About the American College of Cardiology

The American College of Cardiology (ACC) is the global leader in transforming cardiovascular care and improving heart health for all. As the preeminent source of professional medical education for the entire cardiovascular care team since 1949, ACC credentials cardiovascular professionals in over 140 countries who meet stringent qualifications and leads in the formation of health policy, standards and guidelines. Through its world-renowned family of JACC Journals, NCDR registries, ACC Accreditation Services, global network of Member Sections, CardioSmart patient resources and more, the College is committed to ensuring a world where science, knowledge and innovation optimize patient care and outcomes. Learn more at or follow @ACCinTouch.