Cartersville Medical Center Achieves New Status as Accredited Chest Pain Center
August 30, 2010
Cartersville Medical Center announces that it has received Chest Pain Center Accreditation from the Society of Chest Pain Centers (SCPC), an international organization dedicated to eliminating heart disease as the number one cause of death worldwide.
Hospitals that have received SCPC accreditation have achieved a higher level of expertise in dealing with patients who arrive with symptoms of a heart attack. They 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. They also serve as a point of entry into the healthcare 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.
To become an Accredited Chest Pain Center, Cartersville Medical Center engaged in rigorous evaluation by SCPC for its ability to assess, diagnose, and treat patients who may be experiencing a heart attack. To the community served by Cartersville Medical Center, this means that processes are in place 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
- 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
“People tend to wait when they think they might be having a heart attack, and that’s a mistake,” states Sarah Demmin, director of critical care services at Cartersville Medical Center. “The average patient arrives in the emergency department more than twenty-four 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.”
Cartersville Medical Center’s healthcare services encompass the entire continuum of care for the heart patient and include such focal points as dispatch, Emergency Medical System, emergency department, cath lab, Cartersville Medical Center’s quality assessment plan, and its community outreach program. By becoming an Accredited Chest Pain Center, Cartersville Medical Center has enhanced the quality of care for the cardiac patient and has demonstrated its commitment to higher standards.
About Cartersville Medical Center
Cartersville Medical Center is a 112-bed facility accredited by The Joint Commission. Acworth Medical Plaza, including Acworth Immediate Care and Acworth Imaging Center, and The Hope Center are facilities of Cartersville Medical Center. For more information about programs and services offered at Cartersville Medical Center, The Hope Center or Acworth Medical Plaza, call MedLine at 800.242.5662 or log on to www.cartersvillemedical.com.
About the Society of Chest Pain Centers
Established in 1998, SCPC is a patient-centric nonprofit international organization focused on improving care for patients with heart disease. Central to SCPC’s mission is the question, “What is right for the patient?” In response, SCPC promotes protocol-based medicine, often delivered through a chest pain center model, to address the diagnosis and treatment of acute coronary syndrome and heart failure and to promote the adoption of process improvement science by healthcare providers. To best fulfill this mission, SCPC provides accreditation and education to facilities striving for optimum cardiac care. SCPC is headquartered in Columbus, Ohio. For more information on SCPC and accreditation opportunities, visit www.scpcp.org, or call toll free 1-877-271-4176.