St. Francis earns chest pain accreditation
January 30, 2009
St. Francis Health Center has been recognized by the Society of Chest Pain Centers (SCPC) for exceeding quality-of-care measures in acute cardiac medicine and was awarded accreditation effective Sept. 10, 2008, as a Chest Pain Center and full Cycle II accreditation with PCI (percutaneous coronary intervention). St. Francis is the only hospital in Topeka to receive that designation.
The accreditation is the result of on-site evaluations by a SCPC review team, which measures how well physicians and staff perform in reducing time to treatment during the critical early stages of a heart attack and to better monitor patients when it’s not clear whether they are having a coronary event.
Key areas in which St. Francis demonstrated expertise:
• 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 Chest Pain Center personnel competency and training
• Maintaining organizational structure and commitment
• Having a functional department 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
“Through the accreditation process we were able to demonstrate that St. Francis Health Center consistently provides high quality of patient care that is on par or exceeds the best treatment centers in the country,” said Randall McAllister, Emergency department physician with St. Francis Health Center. “Our ability to obtain accreditation is an endorsement of our efforts and to the higher quality of care we hold ourselves accountable to.”
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.
More information about the Society of Chest Centers can be found at www.scpcp.org.