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Chest Pain Center

Open 24 hours daily on the third floor of North Mississippi Medical Center's East Tower, the Chest Pain Center is equipped with the latest diagnostic technology to help cardiologists determine if the patient has already suffered a heart attack, is in danger of a heart attack, or the chest pain is not heart-related.

 

The Chest Pain Center works like this: A patient who comes to the Emergency Department at NMMC or another hospital is examined by the Emergency Department physician. The patient has blood tests and an EKG, a test that records the heart's electrical activity through 10 small electrode patches attached to the skin of the chest, arms and legs. If the patient's EKG is abnormal, indicating poor blood flow to the heart, the patient is admitted to the hospital.

 

If the EKG and lab tests are normal, the patient is no longer having chest pain or has a low risk for heart problems, the on call cardiologist sends the patient to the Chest Pain Center for observation. If the issue is heart-related, cardiologists and nurse practitioners may be able to prevent a heart attack. If, however, heart disease is ruled out, the patient is discharged fromt the hospital and referred to his or her primary care physician to find the reason behind the pain.

 

Typically patients spend less than 12 hours in the Chest Pain Center, which allows adequate time for observation without the expense of a hospital admission.

 

Nurse Practitioners

 

 

Lindsay Everett, FNP-C: Received her associate's degree in nursing from Jones County Junior College in Ellisville. Her nursing experience includes Medical-Surgical Intensive Care Unit and Cardiovascular Rehabilitation. She received her bachelor's degree in nursing from the University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg and her master's degree in nursing from the University of South Alabama in Mobile. She is certified by the American Association of Nurse Practitioners.

 

 

Lisa D. Foley, DNP: Received her bachelor's and master's degrees in nursing from the Mississippi University for Women. She completed her doctorate in nursing practice from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. She is board certified in family practice by the American Nurses Credentialing Center and Advanced Diabetes Management by American Diabetes Association. She is a Certified Diabetes Educator.

 

 

Christina Jordan, FNP-C: Received her bachelor's degree in nursing and family and human development along with her master's degree in nursing from Mississippi University for Women. She completed an advanced practice fellowship at NMMC and is board certified by the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners.

 

 

Ginger McMillan Buchanan, ACNPC-AG: Received her bachelor’s degree in nursing from Mississippi University for Women. She graduated with her master’s in nursing after successfully completing the Acute Care Nurse Practitioner program at the University of Alabama in Huntsville. She is board certified by the American Association of Critical Care Nurses.

 

 

Janet Richey, FNP-C: Received her bachelor's degree in nursing from the University of North Alabama and graduated magna cum laude from Delta State University with a master's degree in nursing. She is board certified by the American Nurses Credentialing Center.

 

 

Brian Stewart, FNP-C: Received his bachelor's and master's degrees in nursing from Delta State University. His background includes emergency services, interventional radiology and critical care. He is board certified by the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners.

 

 

Celeste Turner, FNP-C: Received her associate's degree in nursing from Itawamba Community College then earned CCRN certification for adult critical care. She graduated summa cum laude from the University of North Alabama with a bachelor's degree in nursing. She received her master's degree in nursing in the family nurse practitioner track from the University of Alabama at Birmingham and is board certified by the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners.