Flaget Memorial Hospital Achieves New Status as Accredited Chest Pain Center
Coordinator, Marketing & Communications, Flaget
Bardstown – Flaget Memorial Hospital, part of KentuckyOne Health, has received Chest Pain Center Accreditation from the Society of Chest Pain Centers (SCPC), an international not-for-profit organization focused on transforming cardiovascular care by assisting facilities in their effort to create communities of excellence that bring together quality, cost and patient satisfaction.
The organization’s accreditation program is dedicated to eliminating heart disease as the number one cause of death worldwide. To the community served by Flaget Memorial Hospital, 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
• 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
“Beginning with public education, all the way to inpatient care, what we have in our community now is a seamless system that performs up to rigorous standards considered the best practices,” said Norma Goss, M.S.N./E.D., Flaget Chief Operating Officer/Chief Nursing Officer. “That’s something people in our community can feel great about. You’ll get care right here that’s on par with the best care in the nation.”
A year of preparations for Chest Pain Center Accreditation helped all members of the team – from dispatchers to paramedics to hospital workers - cut response times and improve processes, including Early Heart Attack Care (EHAC), education at health fairs, forums, and even elementary schools to teach the signs, symptoms and procedures one should follow when experiencing heart attack symptoms.
“This life-saving care is a team effort. But that care doesn’t start in the ER,” said Charles Sowder, M.D., a Flaget Memorial Hospital emergency department physician. “It begins with community education- including knowing when to take aspirin and when to call 911.”
“The elements that we have adopted ensure that we are continually improving our patient care and achieving our ultimate goal—saving lives right here in our community,” said Sue Downs, M.S.N., C.E.N.P., President and CEO of Flaget Memorial Hospital.
About KentuckyOne Health
KentuckyOne Health was formed when two major Kentucky health care organizations came together in 2012. KentuckyOne Health combines the Jewish and Catholic heritages of the two former systems – Jewish Hospital & St. Mary’s HealthCare and Saint Joseph Health System. The nonprofit system is committed to improving the health of Kentuckians by integrating medical research, education, technology and health care services wherever patients receive care. KentuckyOne Health has nearly 200 locations including hospitals, physician groups, clinics, primary care centers, specialty institutes and home health agencies, with more than 13,600 employees across the state of Kentucky and southern Indiana. KentuckyOne Health is the largest health system in Kentucky, and has more than 2,325 licensed beds.