Phoenixville Hospital Receives Chest Pain Center Accreditation with PCI
Phoenixville Hospital once again received full three-year accreditation as a Chest Pain Center with PCI from the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care (SCPC).
Heart attacks are the leading cause of death in the United States, with 600,000 people dying annually of heart disease. More than five 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.
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.
With the increase in chest pain centers came the need to establish standards designed to improve the consistency and quality of care provided to patients. SCPC’s accreditation process ensures that centers meet or exceed quality-of-care measures in acute cardiac medicine.
The Accredited Chest Pain Center at Phoenixville Hospital has demonstrated its expertise and commitment to quality patient care by meeting or exceeding a wide set of stringent criteria and undergoing 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
About Phoenixville Hospital
Phoenixville Hospital is a 139-bed acute-care facility with clinical partnerships with the University of Pennsylvania Health System, Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children, The Philadelphia Hand Center, Moore Eye Institute, and Abington Memorial Hospital. Phoenixville Hospital provides comprehensive medical services through emergency room visits, inpatient admissions, and community outreach programs annually. A full range of services and programs are offered, including an award-winning Heart Center, fully-accredited cancer center, comprehensive women’s health services, the area’s largest Robotic Surgery Center, and the NAPBC Accredited Breast Health Center at Phoenixville. The hospital owns and operates three outpatient surgery centers: Blue Bell Surgery Center, the Surgery Center of the Main Line, and Outpatient & Surgery Center at Limerick. For more information call (610) 983-1000.
About the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care
The Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care (SCPC) 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. For more information on SCPC, accreditation and certification opportunities, visit WWW.SCPCP.ORG, or call toll free 1-877-271-4176.