SOURCE: Methodist Willowbrook Hospital

Methodist Willowbrook Hospital

December 09, 2011 17:23 ET

Methodist Willowbrook Hospital Achieves New Status as Accredited Chest Pain Center

In an Ongoing Effort to Raise the Bar in Quality of Care, Methodist Willowbrook Works With Society of Chest Pain Centers (SCPC) to Achieve "Communities of Excellence"

HOUSTON, TX--(Marketwire - Dec 9, 2011) - Methodist Willowbrook Hospital announces that 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.

SCPC-accredited hospitals have achieved a higher level of expertise in dealing with patients who arrive with symptoms of a heart attack. They implement 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. These hospitals also serve as a point of entry into the healthcare system and assist with further evaluation and treatment of other medical problems -- while helping to promote a healthier lifestyle in order to reduce the risk factors for heart attack.

To become an Accredited Chest Pain Center, Methodist Willowbrook Hospital engaged in rigorous evaluation by the SCPC -- evaluating its ability to assess, diagnose, and treat patients who may be experiencing a heart attack. To the community served by Methodist Willowbrook Hospital, this means that processes are in place to meet the strict criteria aimed at:

  • Reducing the time from onset of symptoms to diagnosis and treatment.
  • Treating patients more quickly during the critical window of time when the integrity of the heart muscle can be preserved.
  • Monitoring patients when it is not certain that they are having a heart attack, to ensure that they are neither sent home too quickly nor needlessly admitted to the hospital.

"Too often people wait when they think they might be having a heart attack, and that's a mistake," said Dr. Sanjay Kunapuli, medical director of the Chest Pain Center and a member of the Methodist DeBakey Cardiology Associates.

"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. At the center, we're working to communicate through educational initiatives how critical this time is and how to identify real warning signs," added Kunapuli.

According to Beryl Ramsey, chief executive officer of Methodist Willowbrook Hospital and senior vice president of the Methodist Hospital System, the Methodist Willowbrook Hospital's state-of-the-art healthcare encompasses the entire continuum of care for the heart patient and includes such focal points as dispatch, Emergency Medical System, emergency department, cath lab, Methodist Willowbrook's quality assurance plan, and Methodist Willowbrook's community outreach program. By becoming an Accredited Chest Pain Center, Methodist Willowbrook Hospital has enhanced the quality of care for the cardiac patient and has demonstrated its commitment to higher standards.

Methodist Willowbrook Hospital is a not-for-profit, faith based hospital that is part of The Methodist Hospital System. For more information on the expanded services at Methodist Willowbrook Hospital, please visit our website at or for a physician referral, please call the physician referral line at 281-737-2500.