The Society of Chest Pain Centers (SCPC) announced that both Franciscan St. James Health campuses have received its Chest Pain Center Accreditation, which recognizes that the hospital has achieved a higher level of expertise in treating patients who arrive with symptoms of heart attack.
To become an Accredited Chest Pain Center, Franciscan St. James engaged in rigorous evaluation by SCPC for its ability to assess, diagnose, and treat patients who may be experiencing a heart attack.
This accreditation means that Franciscan St. James has established processes 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, and 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.
The Franciscan St. James Chicago Heights campus is an Accredited Chest Pain Center. The hospital's Olympia Fields campus is an Accredited Chest Pain Center with Percutaneous Coronary Intervention (PCI), or angioplasty.
"People tend to wait when they think they might be having a heart attack, and that's a mistake," said Franciscan St. James president, Seth Warren. "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."
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.
Franciscan St. James' state-of-the-art healthcare encompasses the entire continuum of care for the heart patient and includes such focal points as dispatch, Emergency Medical System, emergency department, catheterization lab, the hospital's quality assurance plan, and its community outreach program. By becoming an Accredited Chest Pain Center, Franciscan St. James has enhanced the quality of care for the cardiac patient and has demonstrated its commitment to higher standards.
"These accreditations should assure the communities we serve that patients who come to Franciscan St. James with chest pain consistently receive quality care from an experienced team of experts," Warren said.
About the Society of Chest Pain Centers
The Society of Chest Pain Centers (SCPC) is 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. As the only cross-specialty organization, SCPC provides the support needed for individual hospitals and 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 http://www.scpcp.org/
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