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Memorial Hospital Belleville receives Chest Pain Center re-accreditation

Memorial Hospital Belleville has been re-accredited as a full Chest Pain Center with Primary PCI from the American College of Cardiology demonstrating expertise and commitment in treatment patients with chest pain, the hospital said Monday.

Re-accreditation is based on what the hospital calls rigorous onsite evaluation of the staff’s ability to evaluate, diagnose and treat patients who may be experiencing a heart attack.

 “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 Michael McManus, president.  “Our Chest Pain Center team continues implementing new processes to meet the highest standards recognized for cardiac care.

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. 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 since.

Hospitals that have earned ACC Chest Pain Center with Primary PCI Accreditation have proven exceptional competency in treating patients with heart attack symptoms and have primary PCI available 24/7 every day of the year. As required to meet the criteria of the accreditation designation, they have streamlined their systems from admission to evaluation to diagnosis and treatment all the way through to appropriate post-discharge care and recommendations and assistance in patient lifestyle changes. In addition, they have formal agreements with other facilities that regularly refer heart attack patients to their facility for primary PCI.

Hospitals receiving Chest Pain Center with Primary PCI Accreditation from the ACC must take part in a multi-faceted clinical process that involves: completing a gap analysis; examining variances of care, developing an action plan; a rigorous onsite review; and monitoring for sustained success. Improved methods and strategies of caring for patients include streamlining processes, implementing of guidelines and standards, and adopting best practices in the care of patients experiencing the signs and symptoms of a heart attack. Facilities that achieve accreditation meet or exceed an array of stringent criteria and have organized a team of doctors, nurses, clinicians, and other administrative staff that earnestly support the efforts leading to better patient education and improved patient outcomes.


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