Woodland Healthcare gets heart attack accreditation

By May 16, 2011

Woodland Healthcare has received Chest Pain Center Accreditation from the Society of Chest Pain Centers, an international organization dedicated to eliminating heart disease as the number one cause of death worldwide.

Hospitals that have received SCPC accreditation have achieved a higher level of expertise in dealing with patients who arrive with symptoms of a heart attack. They emphasize the importance of standardized diagnostic and treatment programs that provide more efficient and effective evaluation as well as more appropriate and rapid treatment of patients with chest pain and other heart attack symptoms. They also serve as a point of entry into the healthcare system to evaluate and treat other medical problems, and they help to promote a healthier lifestyle in an attempt to reduce the risk factors for heart attack.

“We are committed to providing the best care for heart attacks,” said Kevin Vaziri, president of Woodland Healthcare. “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. We are proud to be accredited as a Chest Pain Center by the Society of Chest Pain Centers.”

To become an accredited chest pain center, Woodland Healthcare engaged in evaluation by SCPC for its ability to assess, diagnose and treat patients who may be experiencing a heart attack. To the community served by Woodland Healthcare, 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 window of time when the integrity of the heart muscle can be preserved; and

* 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.

Woodland Healthcare, part of the Mercy Heart & Vascular Institute, encompasses the entire continuum of care for the heart patient and includes such focal points as dispatch, emergency medical system, emergency department, cardiac catheterization lab, peripheral artery disease diagnosis and intervention, permanent pacemaker and defibrillator implants, electrophysiology/arrhythmia service, echocardiograms and cardiac stress testing and cardiac rehabilitation.

The chest pain center accreditation survey, including related staff training and equipment, was made possible through funding from the Woodland Healthcare Foundation from community donors.

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