By exceeding the nationally recognized standards for rapidly treating patients
for chest pain, St. Joseph Hospital has been designated with accredited
status by the Chest Pain Center Accreditation from the Society of Chest
Pain Centers (SCPC).
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, according to the SCPC.
The goal of the SCPC and St. Joseph Hospital is to significantly reduce
the mortality rate of 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
"The Chest Pain Team at St. Joseph Hospital demonstrated its expertise
and commitment to quality patient care by meeting or exceeding a wide
set of stringent criteria and completing on-site evaluations by a review
team from the Society," said Kevin Lundon, VP, Operations at St.
St. Joseph Hospital underwent a rigorous re-evaluation and refinement of
heart care processes in order to integrate the industry's best practices
and newest paradigms into its cardiac care services.
The hospital's state-of-the-art heart care works seamlessly with area
emergency medical services and other hospital departments to ensure that
patients receive the treatment they need during the critical early stages
of a heart attack.
As an Accredited Chest Pain Center, St. Joseph Hospital ensures that patients
who come to the hospital complaining of chest pain or discomfort are given
the immediate treatment necessary to avoid as much heart damage as possible.
Protocol-based procedures developed by leading experts in cardiac care
to reduce time to treatment in the critical early stages of a heart attack
are part of St. Joseph Hospital's overall cardiac care service. The
hospital received full Cycle II accreditation from the Society of Chest
Pain Centers Accreditation Review Committee on June 10, 2009.
About St. Joseph Hospital:
St. Joseph Hospital is a values-based Catholic healthcare provider with
a tradition of and commitment to excellence, based on the vision of the
Sisters of St. Joseph of Orange. The hospital's strong belief in the
intrinsic dignity of each person commits it to be a just employer to its
3,800 employees; to provide healthcare for the whole person, body, mind
and spirit; and to collaborate with the 1,000-member medical staff and
other healthcare providers to increase access to quality health care.
About the Society of Chest Pain Centers (SCPC):
The Society of Chest Pain Centers is a patient centric non-profit international
professional organization focused upon improving care for patients with
acute coronary syndromes and other related maladies. Established in 1998,
the Society is dedicated to patient advocacy and focusing on ischemic
heart disease. Central to its mission is the question, "What is right
for the patient?" In answer, the Society promotes protocol based
medicine, often delivered through a Chest Pain Center model to address
the diagnosis and treatment of acute coronary syndromes, heart failure,
and to promote the adoption of process improvement science by healthcare
providers. To best fulfill this mission, the Society of Chest Pain Centers
provides accreditation to facilities striving for optimum Chest Pain Center
care. SCPC is headquartered in Columbus, Ohio.
For more information on the Society of Chest Pain Centers visit
www.scpcp.org, or contact Robert Lipetz, Executive Director at (614) 442-5950 or