Mercy Health - Fairfield Hospital Earns Chest Pain Center Accreditation from the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care for Excellence in Treating Patients with Chest Pain

(CINCINNATI; November 11, 2015) - Mercy Health - Cincinnati, which provides advanced, quality care with compassion in your neighborhood through its care network, announces that Mercy Health – Fairfield Hospital received full Chest Pain Center with PCI Accreditation from the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care (SCPC).

Hospitals that receive SCPC CPC Accreditation status have achieved a higher level of expertise in dealing with patients who arrive with symptoms of a heart attack.

"The chest pain accreditation process was an invaluable journey and helped refine the continuum of patient care, from community education to patient discharge. This accreditation serves as another accolade for Mercy Health - Fairfield Hospital and more importantly, illustrates our continued commitment to excellence in the care of cardiac patients," said cardiologist and Mercy Health Physician Daniel Eckert, MD.

“The accreditation that our team received is confirmation of the excellent processes we have in place when a patient presents with chest pain. Saving precious minutes can really impact the future quality of a heart attack patient’s life,” said Thomas Urban, Mercy Health North Market President and CEO. “I thank our talented heart care team, including cardiac nurse Karla McSwain, who coordinated our accreditation effort, for the high quality care The Heart Institute, Fairfield provides our patients. It’s the team’s dedication to excellence that earned us this prestigious accreditation.”

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.

Accredited Chest Pain Centers like Mercy Health – Fairfield Hospital use an evidence-based, protocol-driven and systematic approach to cardiac patient care, allowing doctors to reduce the patient’s time to treatment during the critical early stages of a heart attack. Fairfield Hospital offers PCI, which stands for Percutaneous Coronary Intervention, a non-surgical procedure that uses a catheter to place a stent to open up narrowed blood vessels.

Chest pain centers better monitor patients when it is not clear whether or not a patient is having a coronary event. Such monitoring ensures patients are not sent home too early or needlessly admitted.

With the increase in chest pain centers came the need to establish standards and adopt best practices designed to improve the consistency and quality of care provided to patients. SCPC's CPC Accreditation process ensures that hospitals meet or exceed a wide set of stringent criteria and undergo a comprehensive onsite review by a team of accreditation review specialists.

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.

By achieving SCPC's Chest Pain Center with PCI Accreditation status, Fairfield Hospital 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 with 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
  • 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
The Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care (SCPC) is an international nonprofit organization that focuses on transforming cardiovascular care by assisting facilities in their effort to create cardiovascular centers of excellence that deliver quality, cost and patient satisfaction. As the only cross-specialty organization, SCPC provides the support needed for individual hospitals and hospital systems to effectively reduce variations of care and bridge existing gaps in treatment by providing the tools, education and support necessary to improve patient outcomes. For more information on SCPC's accreditation and certification opportunities, visit www.scpc.org, or call toll free 1-877-271-4176.

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