October 15, 2010
John C. Lincoln Deer Valley Hospital has again earned the highest level of accreditation as a Chest Pain Center from the Society of Chest Pain Centers (SCPC), an international organization dedicated to eliminating heart disease as the No. 1 cause of death for Americans.
Because SCPC criteria have become more rigorous since the Deer Valley Hospital first earned SCPC's highest level of accreditation in 2007, the new certification reflects an even higher level of achievement.
To earn the newest and highest level of accreditation as a Chest Pain Center, the clinical staff at Deer Valley Hospital engaged in a demanding and detailed SCPC evaluation of their ability to assess, diagnose and treat patients who might be experiencing a heart attack.
This means that processes are in place to 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 they are not sent home too quickly or needlessly admitted to the hospital.
"People sometimes wait when they think they might be having a heart attack, and that's a mistake," said John C. Lincoln Hospitals CEO Bruce Pearson.
"The average patient arrives in the Emergency Department more than two hours after the onset of symptoms, but they don't realize that the sooner a heart attack is treated, the less damage is done to the heart and the better the outcome is for the patient. By again earning the highest certification as an Accredited Chest Pain Center, patients can trust that Deer Valley Hospital continues to provide enhanced quality of care for our cardiac patients."
Hospitals receiving SCPC accreditation have achieved a higher level of expertise in dealing with patients who arrive with symptoms of a heart attack. These hospitals:
- Emphasize the importance of standardized diagnostic and treatment programs that provide more efficient and effective evaluation.
- Implement more appropriate and rapid treatment of patients with chest pain and other heart attack symptoms.
- Serve as a point of entry into the health care system to evaluate and treat other medical problems.
- Help promote a healthier lifestyle to reduce heart attack risk factors.
John C. Lincoln Health Network is a Phoenix health system that includes two hospitals, physician practices, community outreach programs and a charitable foundation. For more information visit JCL.com.
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 health care 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.
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