Memorial Hospital Belleville receives Chest Pain Center accreditation

BELLEVILLE — Memorial Hospital Belleville has received full Chest Pain Center with Primary PCI Accreditation from the American College of Cardiology.

“Memorial’s Chest Pain Center accreditation is another wonderful example of the collaboration, competence and commitment that our staff demonstrates in providing exceptional service to our patients,” added Mark J. Turner, president. “Our Chest Pain Center team continues to implement new and enhanced processes which meet the highest standards recognized for cardiac care.

memorialhospitallogoHeart 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. ACC’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.

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

“We are very pleased to have been re-accredited as a Chest Pain Center at Memorial Belleville,” said Jill Houba, RN, Chest Pain Center coordinator for Memorial Regional Health Services, Inc.

Memorial Hospital Belleville was first accredited as a Chest Pain Center in 2008 and has been re-certified every three years.

By achieving the accreditation status, Memorial Hospital Belleville demonstrates expertise in the following areas:
• Integrating the emergency department with the local emergency medical system
• Assessing, diagnosing, and treating patients quickly
• Effectively treating patients at 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
• Constructing 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

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