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Penn Heart Rescue

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An Affiliate of Penn Cardiac Care

When a heart attack occurs, the interval between diagnosis and care can mean the difference between life and death. That's why Mercy Health System participates in the Penn Heart Rescue rapid referral program in affiliation with Penn Presbyterian Medical Center in Center City Philadelphia.

When a patient comes to any Mercy Health System Emergency Department and is diagnosed with a heart condition that requires a higher level of medical intervention, the physician immediately calls the Penn Heart Rescue Team.

Within minutes, the patient is transferred by helicopter or ambulance to Penn Presbyterian to receive comprehensive treatment from one of the nation's leading teams of cardiac specialists. Patients are fast tracked to receive emergency care, such as an emergency angioplasty procedure or high-risk surgery.

By partnering with Penn, the time to treatment is reduced by almost half, which saves time and saves lives in the communities we serve.

For a referral to a Mercy cardiologist or heart surgeon, visit our Find a Physician tool or call 1.877.GO MERCY.