Methodist Sugar Land Hospital earns national Chest Pain Center AccreditationSugar Land, TX - 11/11/2011
Methodist Sugar Land Hospital (MSLH) has received Chest Pain Center Accreditation from the national Society of Chest Pain Centers (SCPC), a designation reserved for hospitals that demonstrate the highest level of expertise in treating heart attack patients.
Methodist Sugar Land Hospital's Chest Pain Center Accreditation Committee
The accreditation was the final step in a two-year process designed to demonstrate the hospital’s investments in staffing, training and equipment, as well as its collaborative relationships with physicians and emergency medical services (EMS) and public education efforts on the signs and symptoms of acute coronary syndromes.
The rigorous evaluation by SCPC included a thorough review of hospital policies, standards and patient data and an on-site visit. The evaluation focused on the hospital’s adherence to strict criteria that:
“Treating patients who present with chest pain quickly and effectively requires a true team effort, with coordination among EMS, our physicians, and staff from the Emergency Department, Cath Lab, Chest Pain Center, Laboratory and Radiology,” said Scott Stover, Director of Emergency Services and Chest Pain Center Coordinator at Methodist Sugar Land Hospital. “This accreditation is validation that our commitment to providing outstanding cardiac care is making a difference in the lives of our patients.”
A key component of the hospital’s accreditation is the speed with which heart attack patients are treated with percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) in the Cath Lab. From arrival to the Emergency Department to the procedure, MSLH is averaging about 55 minutes—well below the national standard of 90 minutes. “That’s a testament to the stringent protocols we’ve put in place and the coordination between departments to ensure that our patients are being treated promptly and appropriately,” says Scott Rivenes, M.D., Chief of Emergency Medicine.
“PCI is critical to opening up the blocked artery and re-establishing blood flow,” says Keith Ellis, M.D., Medical Director of the MSLH Chest Pain Center. “The quicker that we can identify patients who are having heart attacks, transport them to the Cath Lab, and begin the PCI, the better chance we have of saving lives – and improving the quality of life post-procedure by saving valuable heart tissue. I encourage people to call 911 immediately. By doing so, you will receive treatment sooner and thus limit the chances of damage to the heart—time is muscle.”
Patients arriving at MSLH typically have an angioplasty balloon – used to push back the artery-clogging plaque and allow blood to flow – inflated in less than an hour after presenting via the Emergency Department, according to Emergency Services Director Scott Stover.
About the Society of Chest Pain Centers