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Spotsylvania Regional Medical Center Receives Chest Pain Center with Primary PCI Accreditation

Spotsylvania Regional Medical Center receives full Chest Pain Center with Primary PCI Accreditation from the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care (SCPC) on November 13, 2016. Accreditation expires on November 12, 2019.

“Spotsylvania Regional Medical Center boasts a knowledgeable, professional and evidence based approach across the continuum of care. If you or your loved ones suffer a suspected cardiac event, The Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care recommends our facility to you as a Primary PCI center. Our dedication to a collaborative approach incorporates community feedback to provide the highest level of care while preserving human life. I am so proud of our Facility, as well as the Community EMS Providers and Physicians.” – Corey Colson RN, Chest Pain and Stroke Program Coordinator

“At Spotsylvania Regional we are constantly working to improve the patient experience. We are proud to offer our patients a higher level of compassionate care and cardiovascular expertise, said Michael Clark, Chief Executive Officer of Spotsylvania Regional Medical Center. “We will continue to implement ways to meet our patients where they need us the most. The accreditation from the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care further supports the hard work of our team.”

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.

An Accredited Chest Pain Center’s (CPC) evidence-based, protocol-driven and systematic approach to cardiac patient care allows clinicians to reduce time to treatment during the critical early stages of a heart attack. Accredited facilities better monitor patients when it is not initially clear whether or not a patient is having a coronary event. Such monitoring ensures patients are neither sent home too early nor needlessly admitted.

SCPC’s CPC Accreditation process came about as greater numbers of facilities in the United States sought to establish standards and adopt best practices in the quality of care provided to patients experiencing chest pain. SCPC’s CPC Accreditation process ensures that hospitals meet or exceed an array of stringent criteria and undergo a comprehensive onsite review by a team of accreditation review specialists. Hospitals that receive SCPC CPC Accreditation status have achieved a higher level of expertise in dealing with patients who present 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. 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 Primary PCI Accreditation status, Spotsylvania Regional Medical Center demonstrates expertise in the following areas:

  • Integrating the emergency department with the local emergency medical system
  • Assessing, diagnosing, and treating patients quickly
  • Effectively treating patients at 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
  • Constructing 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

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