Gary and Merrillville, Indiana (August 27, 2012) – Methodist Hospitals announces it has received Chest Pain Center Accreditation from the Society of Chest Pain Centers (SCPC), an international not-for-profit organization that focuses on transforming cardiovascular care by assisting facilities in their effort to create communities of excellence that bring together quality, cost and patient satisfaction. As the only cross-specialty organization, SCPC provides the support needed for individual hospitals and hospital systems to effectively bridge existing gaps in treatment by providing the tools, education and support necessary to successfully navigate the changing face of healthcare.
Hospitals that have received SCPC accreditation have achieved a higher level of expertise in dealing with patients who arrive 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. They also serve as a point of entry into the healthcare system to evaluate and treat other medical problems, and they help to promote a healthier lifestyle in an attempt to reduce the risk factors for heart attack.
To become an Accredited Chest Pain Center, Methodist Hospitals engaged in rigorous reevaluation and refinement of its cardiac care processes in order to integrate the healthcare industry’s successful practices and newest paradigms into its cardiac care processes. Protocol-based medicine, developed by leading experts in cardiac care, to reduce the time from onset of symptoms to diagnosis and treatment are part of Methodist’s overall cardiac care service. Methodist Hospitals state-of-the-art heart care encompasses the entire continuum of care for the Acute Cardiac Symptom (ACS) patient and includes such focal points as dispatch, Emergency Medical System, emergency department, cardiac cath lab, quality assurance plan, and community outreach program.
As an Accredited Chest Pain Center, Methodist Hospitals ensures that patients who arrive at the hospital complaining of chest pain or other symptoms of a heart attack receive the treatment necessary during the critical window of time when the integrity of the heart muscle can be preserved. By becoming an Accredited Chest Pain Center, Methodist Hospitals has enhanced the quality of care for the ACS patient and has demonstrated its commitment to higher standards.
“People tend to wait when they think they might be having a heart attack, and that’s a mistake,” states Nazzal Obaid, M.D., Medical Director of the Heart and Vascular Institute. “The average patient arrives in the emergency department more than two hours after the onset of symptoms, but what they don’t realize is that the sooner a heart attack is treated, the less damage to the heart and the better the outcome for the patient.”
“This is another example of our commitment to quality patient care by meeting or exceeding a wide set of stringent criteria and on-site evaluations by the Society of Chest Pain Centers," adds Ian McFadden, President and CEO of Methodist Hospitals. It has taken a team effort of doctors, nurses, technicians and the support of hospital administration to make this designation possible."
The Society of Chest Pain Centers is a patient centric, nonprofit international professional organization focused upon improving care for patients with acute coronary syndromes and other related conditions. Established in 1998, the Society is dedicated to patient advocacy and focusing on ischemic heart disease. The Society of Chest Pain Centers provides accreditation to facilities striving for optimum Chest Pain Center care. SCPC is headquartered in Columbus, Ohio.
About Methodist Hospitals
Methodist Hospitals is a community-based, not-for-profit health system with two full-service acute care facilities that has been leading the way to better health for residents of Northwest Indiana for almost 100 years. Methodist Hospitals offers a number of award – winning programs, including its Neuroscience, Oncology and Heart and Vascular Institutes, Women’s Health program and Center for Bariatric Surgery. Its range of services also includes Emergency services, Orthopedics and Spine services, comprehensive Rehabilitation and Behavioral Health services and Home Health Services.