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Flagler Hospital Earns National Chest Pain Center Accreditation

02/24/2010
Flagler Hospital Earns National Chest Pain Center Accreditation

ST. AUGUSTINE , FL (February 24, 2010) Flagler Hospital announced today that it has earned national accreditation from the Society of Chest Pain Centers.  After undergoing a rigorous review process, the hospital received full Cycle III accreditation with PCI (percutaneous coronary intervention). Flagler is one out of only 4 hospitals in the state to have earned the most stringent cycle III accreditation. The designation was awarded to the hospital for demonstrating expertise and commitment to quality patient care by meeting or exceeding stringent criteria and completing on-site evaluations by a SCPC review team.

“Timing is absolutely critical for chest pain patients.  Every second that passes without treatment could mean the difference between life and death,” commented Flagler Hospital CEO Joe Gordy. “Through close cooperation with St. Johns County Fire Rescue, including the transmission of EKG data straight from the ambulance into our hospital, we are able to quickly and effectively treat chest pain patients. This accreditation reflects our ongoing commitment to cooperatively providing the best possible care for heart patients right here in our own community.”          

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 Society of Chest Pain Centers 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.

The Chest Pain Center’s protocol driven and systematic approach to patient management allows physicians to reduce time to 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.

With the rise of Chest Pain Centers came the need to establish standards designed to improve the consistency and quality of care provided to patients. The Society’s accreditation process insures centers meet or exceed quality-of-care measures in acute cardiac medicine.

The Chest Pain Center at Flagler Hospital has 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 of Chest Pain Centers. For more information on the Society of Chest Pain Centers visit www.scpcp.org