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Chest Pain Center Accreditation

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Houston Methodist San Jacinto Hospital Receives Chest Pain Center Accreditation

Houston Methodist San Jacinto Hospital received full Cycle II accreditation with percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) from the Society of Chest Pain Centers (SCPC). The Society of Chest Pain Centers evaluates Chest Pain Centers across the nation to ensure that these centers meet or exceed quality-of-care measures based on improving the process for the care of the patient.

“This designation is a testament to the quality of care that we provide to our patients. Many departments and individuals were instrumental in achieving this accreditation including the Emergency Department (ED), Cardiac Cath Lab, Performance Improvement Department, Neuro Cardio Pulmonary Department, and several ED physicians and cardiologists,” said Donna Gares, President and CEO of Houston Methodist San Jacinto Hospital.

Heart attacks are the leading cause of death in the United States, with 600,000 dying annually of heart disease. More than five million Americans visit hospitals each year with chest pain. The goal of the SCPC 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, like Houston Methodist San Jacinto Hospital, uses a systematic approach to patient management which allows physicians to reduce time of treatment during the critical early stages of a heart attack, when treatments are most effective, and to better monitor patients when it is not clear whether they are having a coronary event. Such observation helps ensure that a patient is neither sent home too early nor needlessly admitted.

The accreditation is valid for three years, at the completion of the third year SCPC will re-evaluate. For Houston Methodist San Jacinto Hospital to receive the full level II accreditation, an on-site review was conducted to examine the treatment a patient experiencing chest pain receives, from the EMS response to discharge. In addition, the hospital’s community programs were examined.

Key areas in which an Accredited Chest Pain Center must demonstrate expertise include:

  • Integrating the Emergency Department with the local Emergency Medical System
  • Assessing, diagnosing, and treating patients quickly
  • Effectively treating patients with low risk for acute coronary syndrome (ACS) and no assignable cause for their symptoms
  • Having a functional design that promotes optimal patient care
  • Insuring Chest Pain Center personnel competency and training
  • Maintaining organizational structure and commitment
  • Continually seeking to improve processes and procedures
  • Supporting community outreach programs that educate the public to promptly seek medical care if they display symptoms of a possible heart attack

For more information about this accreditation and/or other services at Houston Methodist San Jacinto Hospital, call 281-420-8812.