Pitt County Memorial Hospital, which recently opened the East Carolina Heart Institute, has earned accreditation from the Chest Pain Center.
PCMH is the only hospital east of Raleigh to receive the accreditation.
The hospital says with the accreditation, it recognizes the work it has done to ensure patients receive high quality care.
Heart attacks are the leading cause of death in the United States, with 600,000 dying annually of heart disease.
The Society of Chest Pain Centers is a patient-centered non-profit international professional organization, and says it is focused upon improving care for patients with acute coronary syndromes and other related illnesses.