Trinity Health System Achieves New Status as Accredited Chest Pain Center

June 27, 2014 2:02 p.m.

Trinity Health System has received Chest Pain Center Accreditation from the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care (SCPC), an international not-for-profit organization that focuses on transforming cardiovascular care by assisting facilities in their effort to create communities of excellence that bring together quality, cost and patient satisfaction.

Hospitals that have received SCPC accreditation have achieved a higher level of expertise in dealing with patients who arrive with symptoms of a heart attack. They emphasize the importance of standardized diagnostic and treatment programs that 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, Trinity Health System engaged in rigorous evaluation by SCPC for its ability to assess, diagnose, and treat patients who may be experiencing a heart attack. To the community served by Trinity, this means 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 having a heart attack to ensure that they are not sent home too quickly or needlessly admitted to the hospital

Heart attacks are the leading cause of death in the United States, with 600,000 people dying annually of heart disease. More than five million Americans visit hospitals each year with chest pain. SCPC’s goal is to significantly reduce the mortality rate of these patients by teaching the public to recognize and react to the early symptoms of a possible heart attack, reduce the time that it takes to receive treatment, and increase the accuracy and effectiveness of treatment.

The Accredited Chest Pain Center’s protocol-driven and systematic approach to patient management allows physicians to reduce time to treatment during the critical early stages of a heart attack, when treatments are most effective, and to better monitor patients when it is not clear whether or not they are having a coronary event. Such observation helps ensure that patients are neither sent home too early nor needlessly admitted.

 “People tend to wait when they think they might be having a heart attack, and that’s a mistake,” states Keith Murdock, Spokesman for Trinity Health System. “The average patient arrives in the emergency department more than two hours after the onset of symptoms, but what they don’t realize is that the sooner a heart attack is treated, the less damage to the heart and the better the outcome for the patient.”

Chest Pain Center Accreditation is the gold seal of approval on our full continuum of cardiovascular services. Our services begin in the community with our relationship with 911 and EMS. Local EMS have the ability to transmit 12 lead EKGs from the field directly to the Emergency Department and the Cardiac Cath Lab. The Emergency Department is skilled in recognition of the patient with chest pain and along with our group of Cardiologists; quality cardiac care is established immediately based on evidence based protocols.

The Trinity Cardiac Catheterization Lab is available 24/7 to handle the patient when appropriated. Open Heart Surgery for cardiac bypass and valve disease is also available 24/7 with an experienced quality staff.

Trinity’s Heart Center also offers an extensive listing of cardiac services. Our invasive lab has three suites with state of the art equipment to perform diagnostic and interventional procedures in the area of cardiac and peripheral vascular modalities. Our diagnostic labs of the Heart Center include Echocardiography, EKG, Holter Monitors, Cardioversions, and Stress Testing (nuclear, stress echo and exercise).

Electrophysiology is provided by a team of three electrophysiologists who specialize in device insertions such as  pacemakers and ICDs along with cardiac rhythm management such as ablations for abnormal cardiac rhythms.

CardioPulmonary Rehab services are available on site to educate and help the patient maintain a healthy and quality life style.

The Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care (SCPC) is an international not-for-profit organization whose mission is to transform cardiovascular care by assisting facilities in their effort to create communities of excellence that bring together quality, cost and patient satisfaction. As the only cross-specialty Society, SCPC provides the support needed for hospital systems to effectively bridge existing gaps in treatment by providing the tools, education and support necessary to successfully navigate the changing face of healthcare.   For more information on SCPC, accreditation and certification opportunities, visit www.scpcp.org, or call toll free 1-877-271-4176.

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