Chest Pain Center

In looking for a hospital in which to receive high-quality, timely and nurturing care, cardiac patients and their families can be assured that the Jack and Tina Harrell Institute for Advanced Cardiovascular Medicine provides exceptional care when minutes matter most.

As a nationally recognized Chest Pain Center, Lakeland Regional Health Medical Center integrates evidence-based science, quality initiatives, clinical best practices and the latest American College of Cardiology/American Heart Association guidelines into our cardiovascular care process.

We have been awarded Chest Pain Center Accreditation with Primary PCI and Resuscitation, the only healthcare system in Polk County with that designation through the American College of Cardiology. Accredited Chest Pain Centers prove they utilize robust protocols that combine evidence-based science, quality initiatives, American College of Cardiology/American Heart Association guidelines and clinical best practices to produce the most effective care delivery model for low-risk NSTEMI/unstable angina, acute heart attacks and resuscitation. This systematic approach allows clinicians to reduce time to treatment during the critical early stages of a heart attack. The special accreditation proves exceptional competency in treating patients with heart attack symptoms, providing round-the-clock percutaneous coronary intervention and attests that our Medical Center is equipped with a robust hypothermia program for post-cardiac arrest treatment. In addition, we maintain a “No Diversion Policy” for our-of-hospital cardiac arrest patients.


By achieving this Chest Pain Center Accreditation status, Lakeland Regional Health Medical Center has demonstrated expertise in the following areas:

  • Integrating the Emergency Department with the local emergency medical system
  • Assessing, diagnosing and treating patients quickly
  • Effectively treating patients with low risk for acute coronary syndrome and no assignable cause for their symptoms
  • Continually seeking to improve processes and procedures
  • Ensuring the competence and training of Accredited Chest Pain Center personnel
  • Maintaining organizational structure and commitment
  • Having a functional design that promotes optimal patient care
  • Supporting community outreach programs that educate the public to promptly seek medical care if they display symptoms of a possible heart attack.



Our Chest Pain Center also provides the following noninvasive cardiology services:

  • EKG
  • Stress Testing
  • Echocardiography
  • Transesophageal Echo
  • Tilt Table
  • Targeted Temperature Management
  • Nuclear stress testing



Lakeland Regional Health’s interventional cardiology program plays an important role in the work of the Chest Pain Center.



Recent studies by leading organizations such as Mayo Clinic and the American Heart Association show that cardiac rehabilitation lowers the risk of future cardiac events and helps patients eat better, lose weight, and better engage in daily activities. For information about cardiac rehabilitation, call 863.284.5020.


Cardiac Rehabilitation can help those who have:

  • Heart failure
  • Heart attack
  • Coronary angioplasty
  • Coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG)
  • Heart valve repair or replacement
  • Heart transplant
  • Angina (chest pain related to coronary blockages)


Our leading-edge Cardiac Rehabilitation Program includes:

  • Exercise and strength training plans individually tailored by a cardiologist and a certified exercise physiologist to meet a patient’s needs
  • Lifestyle and dietary education designed to improve a patient’s quality of life and reduce the chances or readmission to a hospital
  • Nurse-monitored exercises to ensure patient safety