Good Samaritan Health System recently received full accreditation from the Society of Chest Pain Centers (SCPC) with percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI).
Heart attacks are the leading cause of death in the United States, with 600,000 people dying annually of heart disease. More than five million Americans visit hospitals each year with chest pain. SCPC’s 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, reduce the time that it takes to receive treatment, and increase the accuracy and effectiveness of treatment.
“People tend to wait when they think they might be having a heart attack, and that’s a mistake,” states Julie Miksit, Good Samaritan’s vice president for cardiovascular services and rehab therapies. “The average patient arrives in the emergency department more than two hours after the onset of symptoms, but what they don’t realize is that the sooner a heart attack is treated, the less damage to the heart and the better the outcome for the patient.”
The Accredited 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 or not they are having a coronary event. Such observation helps ensure that patients are neither sent home too early nor needlessly admitted.
Good Samaritan Health System, together with Lebanon Cardiology Associates, are in the top ten percent of the emergency cardiac catheterization teams treating heart attacks in the United States. Dr. Thomas Clemens of Lebanon Cardiology Associates and medical director of cardiovascular services at the hospital, notes that receiving accreditation from the Society of Chest Pain Centers supports the fact that The Good Samaritan Hospital offers the highest level of acute cardiac care in the region. “Patients receive immediate and excellent response in the setting of chest pain, starting from our ambulance services to the cardiac catheterization laboratory for immediate intervention,” states Dr. Clemens. “Physicians at Lebanon Cardiology Associates in conjunction with The Good Samaritan Hospital are proud of this distinction and will continue to strive to maintain the existing excellent cardiology care in the Lebanon Valley.”
The Accredited Chest Pain Center at Good Samaritan has demonstrated its expertise and commitment to quality patient care by meeting or exceeding a wide set of stringent criteria and undergoing an onsite review by a team of SPCP’s accreditation review specialists. Key areas in which an Accredited Chest Pain Center must demonstrate expertise including integrating the emergency department with the local emergency medical system; assessing, diagnosing, and treating patients quickly; effectively treating patients with low risk for acute coronary syndrome and no assignable cause for their symptoms;continually seeking to improve processes and procedures; ensuring the competence and training of Accredited Chest Pain Center personnel; maintaining organizational structure and commitment; having a functional design that promotes optimal patient care; supporting community outreach programs that educate the public to promptly seek medical care if they display symptoms of a possible heart attack.
With the increase in chest pain centers came the need to establish standards designed to improve the consistency and quality of care provided to patients. SCPC’s accreditation process ensures that centers meet or exceed quality-of-care measures in acute cardiac medicine.
About Good Samaritan
For 122 years, the Good Samaritan Health System (www.gshleb.org) has served the health care needs of Lebanon County. The Good Samaritan Hospital is a modern, fully-equipped, fully-accredited 172-bed acute care facility that offers complete inpatient and outpatient care, as well as an inpatient rehabilitation program. The Good Samaritan Health System also provides services at many other sites located throughout Lebanon County.
About the Society of Chest Pain Centers
The Society of Chest Pain Centers (SCPC) is an international not-for-profit organization that focuses on transforming cardiovascular care by assisting facilities in their effort to create communities of excellence that bring together quality, cost and patient satisfaction. As the only cross-specialty organization, SCPC provides the support needed for individual hospitals and hospital systems to effectively bridge existing gaps in treatment by providing the tools, education and support necessary to successfully navigate the changing face of healthcare. For more information on SCPC, accreditation and certification opportunities, visit www.scpcp.org, or call toll free 1-877-271-4176. (###)