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Metro Health Hospital Receives Chest Pain Center Accreditation

Posted: June 6, 2012

Metro Health Hospital has received Chest Pain Center Accreditation from the Society of Chest Pain Centers, or SCPC.

In achieving accreditation, Metro Health has engaged in rigorous re-evaluation of its cardiac care and has successfully integrated healthcare industry’s best practices into its care of patients with cardiac disease.

Metro Health utilizes protocol-based medicine to reduce the time from onset of symptoms to diagnosis and treatment.

Key areas in which an Accredited Chest Pain Center must demonstrate expertise include:

  • Integrating the emergency department with the local emergency medical system
  • Assessing, diagnosing and treating patients quickly
  • Continually seeking to improve processes and procedures
  • Ensuring the competence and training of Accredited Chest Pain Center personnel
  • 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

Heart attacks are the leading cause of death in the United States, with 600,000 people dying annually of heart disease.  More than 5 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.

About the Society of Chest Pain Centers
The Society of Chest Pain Centers 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.



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