SOURCE: Society of Chest Pain Centers

Society of Chest Pain Centers

August 04, 2009 13:56 ET

500 Accredited Chest Pain Center Milestone Achieved

Rapid Growth in Number of Hospitals Earning Accreditation

COLUMBUS, OH--(Marketwire - August 4, 2009) - The Society of Chest Pain Centers (, an international non-profit focused on improving care for cardiac patients, announces a rapid increase in the number of hospitals earning chest pain center accreditation. Over 500 hospitals are currently accredited by the Society of Chest Pain Centers (SCPC). This rapid growth in the adoption of chest pain center accreditation has occurred in just 6 years.

The rapid escalation in accreditation is underscored by several trends. Most hospitals that have sought accreditation with SCPC go on to seek reaccreditation. At the same time, 55% of new accreditation applications come from facilities that have not previously sought accreditation.

Thomson Reuters recently confirmed the accreditation trend is resulting in improved quality of care, with its annual study identifying the 100 U.S. hospitals that are setting the nation's benchmarks for cardiovascular care. Over one third of the hospitals on the list were SCPC accredited, versus the average of all hospitals of only 10 percent.

"Working for the Society of Chest Pain Centers has given me the unique opportunity to work with a dedicated group of individuals who truly care about improving patient care and serving the customer," said Loutiscia (Tish) Moran, RN, BA, MHA, Accreditation Review Specialist.

"Having served as a cardiovascular professional and administrator for many years, I am familiar with the obstacles and challenges that face programs as they embark on the road to accreditation. The SCPC process is a breath of fresh air in an environment burdened by constant change and overly punitive and arbitrary regulatory agencies.

"The popularity of SCPC's chest pain accreditation is due in large measure to the collaborative philosophy of the Society. Experienced cardiac clinicians provide expert assistance to facilities seeking to improve their care processes. Based on processes rather than compliance, SCPC's chest pain center reviews create an environment for interdepartmental cooperation and provide the tools for process improvement."

"This milestone could not have been reached without the vision and hard work of every individual participating in the accreditation process, from the Society to each individual hospital," said Dr. Shahriar Dadkhah, President of SCPC. "It is this same enthusiasm and determination that will allow us to continue our mission of eliminating the number one killer worldwide."

One of the goals of a Chest Pain Center is to significantly reduce the time it takes for a patient experiencing symptoms of a possible heart attack to see a physician, thus reducing the time to treatment during the critical early stages.

"Communities can know that they being better served, when their hospitals utilize the Society's accreditation to improve their ACS care processes with faster, more accurate emergency assessments, improved treatments and better low-risk outpatient management," explained Robert Weisenburger Lipetz, MBA, Executive Director, SCPC.

Accreditation is for 3 years and requires that facilities demonstrate meeting requirements in the key processes of a chest pain center. SCPC first began accepting applications for chest pain center accreditation in June of 2003. Since then, SCPC has performed over 827 reviews and is in the process of reviewing another 70 facilities. A list of accredited CPCs can be found at

About the Society of Chest Pain Centers.

The Society of Chest Pain Centers ( is a non-profit international society providing hospital accreditation, CMEs, and educational forums promoting 'guidelines' and protocol-based medicine. Services address the diagnosis and treatment of acute coronary syndromes, acute heart failure, and promote the adoption of process improvement science by healthcare providers.

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