CHICAGO, IL--(Marketwire -03/02/12)- Saint Joseph Hospital recently received re-accreditation as a Chest Pain Center by the Society of Chest Pain Centers (SCPC), an international not-for-profit organization. The accreditation is effective for three years.
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.
SCPC-accredited hospitals have achieved a higher level of expertise in dealing with patients who arrive with heart-attack symptoms. These facilities have in place standardized diagnostic and treatment programs that provide more efficient and effective evaluation. In addition, these facilities generally provide more appropriate and rapid treatment of patients with chest pain and other heart attack symptoms.
"Our physicians are trained to deliver specialized care during the early stages of a heart attack -- when treatment is critical," said Roberta Luskin-Hawk, M.D., executive vice president and CEO, Saint Joseph Hospital. "The more rapidly a patient is diagnosed and treated, the better chances of preserving heart muscle and preventing heart damage. It's important for men and women to know the signs and symptoms of a heart attack, and seek immediate treatment."
The SCPC conducted a rigorous evaluation of Saint Joseph Hospital for its ability to assess, diagnose and treat patients who may be experiencing a heart attack. The accreditation means Saint Joseph Hospital has the capabilities to:
- Reduce the time from onset of symptoms to diagnosis and treatment
- Treat patients more quickly during the critical window of time when the integrity of the heart muscle can be preserved
- Monitor patients when it is not certain that they are having a heart attack to ensure that they are not sent home too quickly or needlessly admitted to the hospital
Accredited facilities also serve as a point of entry into the healthcare system to evaluate and treat other medical problems -- helping to promote a healthier lifestyle and reduce the risk factors for heart attack.