Coliseum Health System
July 01, 2020

Macon, GA – Coliseum Medical Centers has been designated as a Level I Emergency Cardiac Care Center by the Georgia Department of Public Health, Office of EMS and Trauma.  This is the highest level that a hospital can earn for emergency cardiac care. Coliseum Medical Centers is the only middle Georgia hospital with an Emergency Cardiac Center designation, and there is only one other Level I Center in the state.

Linda Pender, Chest Pain Coordinator for Coliseum Medical Centers, said, “I am extremely proud of the work done by our physicians and staff to make this designation possible.  Coliseum Medical Centers has a reputation for providing fast emergency response times no matter the cause, but this designation also shows that in the event of chest pain, we are providing quality care, saving lives, and improving the quality of life for our chest pain patients.”

Cardiovascular disease is responsible for approximately 2,300 deaths each day in America. To improve these outcomes, legislation was signed into law in 2017 establishing the Office of Cardiac Care within the Georgia Department of Public Health. The mission of this office is to improve survival rates in Georgia from out-of-hospital cardiac arrests and heart attacks through quality improvement, benchmarking and evidence-based guidelines, supported by standardized data collection and reporting system. Hospitals who comply with the Emergency Care Center criteria and protocols are assigned designated levels.

In a letter sent to Coliseum Medical Centers, Georgia Department of Public Health Commissioner Dr. Kathleen Toomey said, “The Department applauds Coliseum Medical Centers for this achievement and appreciates the contributions that you make to the health and well-being of Georgians, as well as those visiting our state.”

To see a full list of the designated Emergency Cardiac Care Centers in the state, visit the Georgia Department of Public Health’s website. For more information on Coliseum Medical Centers, visit or call (478) 746-4646.