SOURCE: Society of Chest Pain Centers

Society of Chest Pain Centers

February 17, 2010 09:19 ET

Hospitals Accredited by the Society of Chest Pain Centers Earn Distinction

Nearly 40 of Top 50 Hospitals Achieved Accredited Chest Pain Center Status

COLUMBUS, OH--(Marketwire - February 17, 2010) - Nineteen of the 50 hospitals rated by HealthGrades as America's 50 best hospitals for 2009 are accredited by the Society of Chest Pain Centers (SCPC). HealthGrades, a leading healthcare ratings organization, annually assesses the quality of care across 26 diagnoses and procedures provided at 5000 nonfederal hospitals in the U.S. HealthGrades America's 50 Best Hospitals are those hospitals that have consistently ranked among the top five percent in the nation for clinical quality.

"We are extremely pleased that nearly 40 percent of the top 50 hospitals have achieved the status of Accredited Chest Pain Center by SCPC," states Kay Styer Holmes, RN, BSN, MSA, and Director of Accreditation Services for SCPC. Brian Triplett, CEO of SCPC, states, "For those hospitals that strive to be the best of the best, we believe that Chest Pain Center Accreditation is an important component in their quest to provide quality care."

Established in 1998 by cardiology and emergency medicine physicians, SCPC's mission is to reduce cardiac mortality worldwide. SCPC promotes protocol-based medicine, delivered through a Chest Pain Center model, to address the diagnosis and treatment of acute coronary syndromes and heart failure. Currently, there are over 550 active Accredited Chest Pain Centers throughout the U.S., Europe, and the Middle East.

HealthGrades also designates hospitals as "Distinguished Hospitals for Clinical Excellence" (DHA-CE). In the category of coronary intervention, excellence awards were given to 155 hospitals, 47 of which (30 percent) are accredited by SCPC as Chest Pain Centers. In the category of cardiac care, excellence awards were given to 121 hospitals, 37 of which (26 percent) are accredited by SCPC as Chest Pain Centers.

SCPC's Chest Pain Center accreditation is for a three-year period and demonstrates that the hospital has met or exceeded standards related to heart care in the following areas:

  • Integrating the emergency department with local Emergency Medical Systems

  • Emergency assessment, timely diagnosis, and treatment of patients with heart attack symptoms

  • Ongoing improvement of all aspects of care for these cardiac patients

  • Appropriate training and experience of physicians, nurses, technicians and other healthcare providers who care for these patients

  • Administrative commitment to treating these patients and allocating resources to ensure continued improvement in patient care

  • Functional design of the facility to facilitate prompt treatment

  • Reaching out to the community on the signs and symptoms of a heart attack

About SCPC
If you are interested in learning more about accreditation through the Society of Chest Pain Centers (SCPC), please contact Deborah Koeppen, Director of Business Development, 1 (877) 271-4176 at SCPC corporate offices. For additional information about SCPC, go online to

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