Memorial Hospital has received Chest Pain Center Re-Accreditation from the Society of Chest Pain Centers (SCPC), an international organization dedicated to eliminating heart disease as the number one cause of death worldwide.
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.
To become an Accredited Chest Pain Center, Memorial Hospital engaged in rigorous evaluation by SCPC for its ability to assess, diagnose, and treat patients who may be experiencing a heart attack. To the community served by Memorial, this means that processes are in place that meet 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 not sent home too quickly or needlessly admitted to the hospital
According to the SCPC, by being an Accredited Chest Pain Center, Memorial Hospital has enhanced the quality of care for cardiac patients and has demonstrated its commitment to higher standards. In addition to this important accreditation, Memorial Hospital has an average door-to-balloon-time of 55 minutes, which beats the nationally set standard of 90 minutes. A door-to-balloon-time refers to the speed in which a cardiologist can perform a life-saving balloon angioplasty or other coronary procedure.