Western Reserve Hospital Recognized with Chest Pain Accreditation


The American College of Cardiology (ACC) has recognized Western Reserve Hospital for its expertise and commitment in treating patients with chest pain. The three-year Chest Pain Center Accreditation was renewed and awarded to the hospital following rigorous evaluation of the staff’s ability to evaluate, diagnose and treat patients experiencing a heart attack.

Hospitals that have earned ACC Chest Pain Center Accreditation have proven exceptional competency in treating patients with heart attack symptoms. They have streamlined their systems from admission to evaluation to diagnosis and treatment all the way through to appropriate post-discharge care and recommendations and assistance in patient lifestyle changes.

“Western Reserve Hospital’s recent reaccreditation as a Chest Pain Center by the American College of Cardiology recognizes the commitment the staff and leadership have ensuring the most up-to-date evidence based practices are in place,” said Susan Straus, RN, BSN, Director, Critical Care and Cardiovascular Services. “We recognize the trust the community has in the delivery of our care and are very proud of this accreditation.”

To receive this reaccreditation, Western Reserve Hospital had to take part in a multi-faceted clinical process involving completing a gap analysis; examining variances of care; developing an action plan; rigorous onsite review; and monitoring for sustained success. Improved methods and strategies of caring for patients include streamlining processes, implementing of guidelines and standards, and adopting best practices in the care of patients experiencing the signs and symptoms of a heart attack.

Facilities that achieve accreditation meet or exceed an array of stringent criteria and have organized a team of doctors, nurses, clinicians, and other administrative staff that earnestly support the efforts leading to better patient education and improved patient outcomes.