St. Elizabeth Earns Accreditation as ‘Certified Chest Pain Center’

St. Elizabeth Health Center has earned full accreditation with PCI (percutaneous coronary intervention) from the Society of Chest Pain Centers. Hospitals that receive accreditation from the Society of Chest Pain Centers have achieved a higher level of expertise dealing with patients experiencing symptoms of heart attack.

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Youngstown, OH (PRWEB) June 25, 2012

St. Elizabeth Health Center has earned full accreditation with PCI (percutaneous coronary intervention) from the Society of Chest Pain Centers.

Hospitals that receive accreditation from the Society of Chest Pain Centers have achieved a higher level of expertise dealing with patients experiencing symptoms of heart attack. They emphasize the importance of standardized diagnostic and treatment protocols that provide more efficient and effective evaluation as well as more appropriate and quicker treatment of patients with chest pain or other heart-attack symptoms.

As an Accredited Chest Pain Center, St. Elizabeth Health Center ensures that patients who arrive at the hospital complaining of chest pain or other heart-attack symptoms receive treatment during the critical early stages of a heart attack when the integrity of the heart muscle can be preserved. By becoming an Accredited Chest Pain Center, St. Elizabeth Health Center has enhanced the quality of care for acute coronary syndrome patients and has demonstrated its commitment to maintaining the highest standards of care possible.

To become an Accredited Chest Pain Center, St. Elizabeth Health Center engaged in rigorous evaluation by the Society of Chest Pain Centers for its ability to assess, diagnose and treat patients who may be experiencing a heart attack. To the community served by St. Elizabeth Health Center, this means that processes are in place that meet strict criteria aimed at:

  •     reducing the time from onset of symptoms to diagnosis and treatment
  •     treating patients more quickly during the critical early stages of heart attack when the integrity of the heart muscle can be preserved
  •     monitoring patients when it is not certain that they are having a heart attack to ensure that they are not sent home too quickly or needlessly admitted to the hospital

St. Elizabeth Health Center also serves as a point of entry into the healthcare system to evaluate and treat other medical problems and promote healthier lifestyles in an attempt to reduce the risk factors for heart attack.

“Earning accreditation as a Certified Chest Pain Center demonstrates our unwavering commitment here at St. Elizabeth’s to continually improve the treatment and service we provide to our patients. Providing the very best care possible for all of our patients is our goal and that’s a moving target,” observes Mariann Pacak, director of heart and vascular services. “Achieving this milestone demonstrates that we continue to move toward that goal, providing the very best care possible. St. Elizabeth is committed to making the care we provide among the best in the country.”

“Providing the very best care has always been the goal here at St. Elizabeth and the strides we continue to make are demonstrated by the recognition we receive from independent organizations such as the Society of Chest Pain Centers,” says Don Koenig, executive vice president, operations, Humility of Mary Health Partners. “St. Elizabeth Heart and Vascular Center has always been a leader. It was the first heart and vascular center in the Mahoning Valley – earlier this month we celebrated the 50th anniversary of our first open-heart surgery – and we continue to set the standard for care, being the largest and most awarded heart and vascular center in the region.

“We’ve worked with local ambulance companies to install modems in the vehicles that transport heart-attack victims to the emergency room so crucial information about their hearts and possible heart attacks can be relayed to the hospital instantaneously,” Koenig continues. “With this information, patient-specific treatment can begin even before he or she reaches the hospital. And, our door-to-balloon time – the time it takes a heart-attack patient to undergo balloon angioplasty in the cath lab once he or she enters our doors – is a remarkable 66 minutes.”

Heart attacks are the leading cause of death in the United States, with 600,000 people dying of heart disease each year. More than 5 million Americans visit hospitals each year with chest pain. The Society of Chest Pain Centers’ 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, reducing the time it takes to receive treatment, and increasing the accuracy and effectiveness of treatment.

St. Elizabeth Health Center’s accreditation as a Certified Chest Pain Center is valid through April 18, 2015.

About Humility of Mary Health Partners:
Humility of Mary Health Partners is an integrated health system located in the Youngstown/Warren area. It is a region of Catholic Health Partners (CHP) in Cincinnati, the largest health system in Ohio and one of the largest Catholic health systems in the United States. HMHP provides a full spectrum of health care services, including inpatient, outpatient, emergency, urgent care, home care and long-term care. Members are St. Elizabeth Health Center, St. Joseph Health Center, St. Elizabeth Boardman Health Center, HM Home Health Services, The Assumption Village, Humility House, Hospice of the Valley and Laurel Lake. Learn more about HMHP online at http://www.HMpartners.org


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