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Chest Pain Center Accreditation Received

November 10, 2010

Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point Announces that it has Received Chest Pain Center Accreditation

Hudson, Florida (November 9, 2010) – Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point has announced that it has received Chest Pain Center Accreditation from the Society of Chest Pain Centers (SCPC), an international organization dedicated to eliminating heart disease as the number one cause of death worldwide.

This highest level accreditation from the Society was awarded to Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point’s Chest Pain Center after an intense review of interventional cardiology services provided by Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point. Its accreditation is termed Chest Pain Center Accreditation with PCI (Percutaneous Coronary Intervention). Hospitals that have received this accreditation from the Society of Chest Pain Centers are viewed as having achieved a higher level of expertise in dealing with patients who arrive with symptoms of a heart attack. These facilities emphasize the importance of standardized diagnostic and treatment programs and provide more efficient and effective evaluation as well as more appropriate and rapid treatment of patients with chest pain and other heart attack symptoms. They also serve as a point of entry into the healthcare system to evaluate and treat other medical problems, and they help to promote a healthier lifestyle in an attempt to reduce the risk factors for heart attack.

To become an accredited chest pain center Regional Medical Center was required to engage in rigorous evaluation by the SCPC for its ability to assess, diagnose and treat patients who may be experiencing a heart attack. This means that the hospital demonstrated that processes are in place that meet strict criteria aimed at:

  • Reducing the time from onset of symptoms to diagnosis and treatment
  • Treating patients more quickly during the critical window of time when the integrity of the heart muscle can be preserved
  • Monitoring patients when it is not certain that they are not having a heart attack to ensure that they are not sent home too quickly or needlessly admitted to the hospital

 

Why seek accreditation?

Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point is committed to achieving the highest standards of excellence in healthcare and patient service. The Society of Chest Pain Centers is the acknowledged international expert in assessing and approving acute coronary care.

What is the significance of Chest Pain Center Accreditation with an additional accreditation in Percutaneous Coronary Intervention?

The Society of Chest Pain Centers began an accreditation process to ensure that chest pain centers meet or exceed quality-of-care measures in acute cardiac medicine. To earn accreditation status, facilities must meet or exceed a wide set of stringent criteria. Choosing an accredited chest pain center for your care assures that the facility has shown that it is committed to evidence-based care with an ability to integrate with EMS to assess, diagnose and treat patients quickly.

Addressing the leading cause of deaths in the United States.

Heart attacks are the leading cause of death in the United State with 600,000 dying annually of heart disease. More than five million Americans visit hospitals each year with chest pain. The goal of the Society of Chest pain Center is to significantly reduce the mortality rate of these patients by teaching the public to recognize and react to the early symptoms of possible heart attack, reduce the time it takes to receive treatment, and increase the accuracy and effectiveness of treatment. A chest pain center’s protocol-driven and systematic approach to patient management allows physicians to reduce time to treatment during the critically early stages of heart attack, when treatments are most effective, and to better monitor patients when it is not clear whether they are having a coronary event. Such observation helps ensure that the patient is neither sent home too early nor needlessly admitted. With the rise of chest pain centers came the need to establish standards designed to improve the consistency and quality of care provided to patients. The Society’s accreditation process ensures centers meet or exceed quality-of-care measures in acute cardiac medicine.

The Chest Pain Center at Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point has demonstrated its expertise and commitment to quality patient care by meeting or exceeding a wide set of stringent criteria in completing on-site evaluations by a review team from the Society of Chest Pain Centers.

Key areas in which the Chest Pain Center must demonstrate expertise.

  • 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
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