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HSHS St. Elizabeth’s Hospital receives Chest Pain Center Accreditation

BELLEVILLE – HSHS St. Elizabeth’s Hospital’s Chest Pain Center has received full accreditation from the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care following a July survey.

An Accredited Chest Pain Center’s evidence-based, protocol-driven approach to cardiac patient care allows clinicians to reduce time to treatment during the early stages of a heart attack. Chest Pain Centers better monitor patients when it is not clear whether or not a patient is having a coronary event. Such monitoring ensures patients are neither sent home too early nor needlessly admitted.

“I would like to recognize our dedicated cardiovascular department colleagues, the physicians of Prairie Cardiovascular Consultants, and the numerous EMS agencies in the region for working together to achieve this goal,” Peg Sebastian, president and CEO of St. Elizabeth’s Hospital, said.

Heart attacks are the leading cause of death in the United States, with 600,000 people dying annually of heart disease. More than 5 million Americans visit hospitals each year with chest pain.

Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care’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.

SCPC’s accreditation process aims to ensure that hospitals meet or exceed a wide set of stringent criteria and undergo a comprehensive onsite review by a team of accreditation review specialists. Hospitals that receive CPC Accreditation status have achieved a higher level of expertise in dealing with patients who arrive with symptoms of a heart attack.

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