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Western Reserve Hospital Achieves New Status as Accredited Chest Pain Center

Jan. 8, 2015 - Western Reserve Hospital has received full accreditation status from the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care, earned by integrating with local EMS services, providing fast, outstanding coronary care services and much more.

“Heart attacks are by far the leading cause of death in the U.S., and as physicians and providers, it’s our challenge and responsibility to provide swift, exceptional care when someone’s heart isn’t healthy,” said Dr. Robert Kent, president and CEO, Western Reserve Hospital. “This accreditation serves as a validation that the coronary care services we provide are up to the highest standards in the industry.”

More than 600,000 people die annually of heart disease, with five million Americans visiting 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.

The Western Reserve Hospital Accredited Chest Pain Center has met or exceeded a wide set of stringent criteria and undergone an onsite review by a team of SPCP’s accreditation review specialists. Key areas in which an Accredited Chest Pain Center must demonstrate expertise include the following:

  • 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