Providence Medford Medical Center receives national accreditation for cardiac care
February 02, 2016
Providence Medford Medical Center ability to diagnose and treat heart attack patients effectively has been recognized by the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care with its full Chest Pain Center with Primary PCI with Resuscitation Accreditation.
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.
Hospitals that receive this accreditation status have achieved a higher level of expertise in dealing with patients who present with symptoms of a heart attack. They emphasize the importance of standardized diagnostic and treatment programs that provide more efficient and effective evaluation as well as more appropriate and rapid treatment of patients with chest pain and other heart attack symptoms.
“This accreditation reflects that Providence Medford Medical Center meets all criteria to treat and care for heart attack patients and patients with other cardiac diagnoses such as angina and cardiac arrest,” said Jane Broten, RN, director of heart & vascular services at Providence Medford Medical Center. “This accreditation fulfills our values of providing excellent, high quality treatment and care along the continuum from emergency treatment and critical care to acute care and cardiac rehab.”
To receive the accreditation, Providence Medford Medical Center demonstrated 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
- 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
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. SCPC’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.