October 22, 2015

Faith Regional Receives Chest Pain Center Accreditation

Faith Regional is proud to announce it has achieved designation as an accredited Chest Pain Center (CPC) by the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care (SCPC), making it the only accredited center in the region.

SCPC’s CPC accreditation process verifies that hospitals meet or exceed a wide set of stringent criteria—they undergo a comprehensive on-site review by a team of accreditation review specialists. Hospitals that receive SCPC CPC accreditation status have achieved a higher level of expertise in dealing with patients who arrive with symptoms of a heart attack.

Such hospitals 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.

Chest pain centers also serve as a point of entry into the health care 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.

As an accredited CPC, Faith Regional uses an evidence-based, protocol-driven and systematic approach to cardiac patient care, allowing clinicians to reduce time to treatment during the critical early stages of a heart attack. Chest pain centers better monitor patients when it is not clear whether or not a patient is having a coronary event. Such monitoring ensures that patients are neither sent home too early nor needlessly admitted.

“This accreditation was achieved because of the outstanding efforts of our chest pain team along with the support from Faith Regional employees, physicians and community EMS providers,” says Jenny Simmons, RN, cardiac care coordinator. “As part of the accreditation survey, the site surveyor identified many areas within Faith Regional as best practices to share with other accredited facilities across the nation.”

Faith Regional will continue to im¬prove its chest pain processes, with the ultimate goal of significantly reducing the mortality rate of patients by teaching the public to recognize and react to the early symptoms of a possible heart attack, reduce the time it takes to receive treatment, and increase the accuracy and effectiveness of treatment.

“Faith Regional is thoroughly committed to providing our patients the highest-quality heart care centered on current scientific research to ensure continued improvement in treatment,” says Mark Klosterman, FACHE, CMPE, Faith Regional president and CEO. “This accreditation gives us the opportunity to highlight the exceptional care we provide for our patients and helps us improve care overall for the residents of the communities we serve.”

Related Services: Heart & Vascular; Emergency Services