Jewish Hospital designated as Accredited Chest Pain Center
October 1, 2013) – Jewish Hospital, part of KentuckyOne Health, has received Chest Pain Center Accreditation with PCI (Percutaneous Coronary Intervention) from the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care (SCPC).
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.
To become an Accredited Chest Pain Center, Jewish Hospital engaged in rigorous evaluation by SCPC for its ability to assess, diagnose, and treat patients who may be experiencing a heart attack. To the community served by Jewish 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
“We continue to focus on breaking new ground in heart care and providing the best cardiovascular services available,” said Charles Peck, M.D., interim president of Jewish Hospital and downtown Louisville market leader, KentuckyOne Health. “Our amazing cardiovascular team of physicians, nurses and other staff all share in the honor of this accreditation.”
Dr. Peck said people often tend to wait when they think they might be having a heart attack, and that can be a mistake.
“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,” he said.
As an Accredited Chest Pain Center, Jewish Hospital has enhanced the quality of care for the cardiac patient and has demonstrated its commitment to higher standards.
Jewish Hospital has pioneered a number of heart care innovations. Last year, it was the site of the Louisville area’s first Syncardia total artificial heart implant and became the region’s first hospital to use the LVAD Recovery protocol. Jewish Hospital also was the site of the world’s first and second successful AbioCor® implantable replacement heart procedures, and the world’s first FDA-approved clinical trial of c-kit positive adult cardiac stem cells in chronic heart failure.
System-wide, KentuckyOne Health is investing $30 million over three years in its cardiovascular programs.
About KentuckyOne Health
KentuckyOne Health was formed when two major Kentucky health care organizations came together in early 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. In late 2012, the organization formed a partnership with the University of Louisville Hospital | James Graham Brown Cancer Center. 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 more than 200 locations including hospitals, physician groups, clinics, primary care centers, specialty institutes and home health agencies, with nearly 15,000 employees across the state of Kentucky and southern Indiana. KentuckyOne Health is the largest health system in Kentucky.
About the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care
The Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care (SCPC) is an international not-for-profit organization whose mission is to transform 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 Society, SCPC provides the support needed for 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.