Ridgeview Medical Center Earns Accreditation as Chest Pain Center

September 28, 2009 – Ridgeview Medical Center recently earned a three-year accreditation as a Chest Pain Center by the Society of Chest Pain Centers [link to www.scpcp.org/dnn/SocietyofChestPainCenters/tabid/36/Default.aspx]  —a distinction held by only two other hospitals in the state.

“Our Chest Pain Center accreditation is a testament to Ridgeview’s commitment to providing the highest-quality cardiovascular care for patients within our region,” says Robert Stevens, president and CEO of Ridgeview. “We’re proud to receive this honor, which represents the efforts of collaboration among our Ambulance Department, Emergency Department and Heart Center,” Stevens says.

According to the Society of Chest Pain Centers (SCPC), heart attacks are the leading cause of death in the United States, with 600,000 dying annually of heart disease. More than five million Americans visit hospitals each year with chest pain. The goal of the SCPC 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 Chest Pain Center at Ridgeview Medical Center has demonstrated its expertise and commitment to quality patient care by meeting or exceeding a wide set of stringent criteria and completing on-site evaluations by a review team from the SCPC. Key areas in which Ridgeview’s Chest Pain Center has demonstrated expertise include:

  • 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 Chest Pain Center personnel competency and training
  • 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

SCPC’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 they are having a coronary event. Such observation helps ensure that a patient is neither sent home too early nor needlessly admitted. SCPC’s established standards improve the consistency and quality of care provided to patients, and its accreditation process ensures centers meet or exceed quality-of-care measures in acute cardiac medicine.

About the Society of Chest Pain Centers (SCPC)
The Society of Chest Pain Centers (SCPC) is a patient-centric nonprofit international professional organization focused on improving care for patients with acute coronary syndromes and other related maladies.  Established in 1998, the Society is dedicated to patient advocacy and focusing on ischemic heart disease. Central to its mission is the question, “What is right for the patient?” In answer, the Society promotes protocol-based medicine, often delivered through a Chest Pain Center model to address the diagnosis and treatment of acute coronary syndromes and heart failure, and to promote the adoption of process-improvement science by health care providers. To best fulfill this mission, the SCPC provides accreditation to facilities striving for optimum Chest Pain Center care. The SCPC is headquartered in Columbus, Ohio.