SJO Accredited as Chest Pain Center

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 of treatment.

"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. Joseph Hospital.

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 director@scpcp.org.