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Keeping the Beat: Chest Pain Center Receives Accreditation

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Emergency Room staff holding the Chest Pain AwardIf you're having a heart attack, getting high-quality treatment quickly can make all the difference. That's why Augusta Health has worked successfully toward becoming an Accredited Chest Pain Center as designated by the Society of Chest Pain Centers. The society sets high standards to assure that proper patient care protocols are followed, producing the best possible results.

What does this accreditation say about Augusta Health's cardiovascular program?
"It proves to our patients that their hospital has taken its heart program to a new level," says Donna Hurst, R.N., B.S.N., Emergency Department (ED) Clinical Resource Nurse and Chest Pain Coordinator for Augusta Health. "We ensure that patients who arrive with cardiac-related symptoms are immediately assessed and that treatment is initiated to prevent as much damage to the heart as possible."

Benefits of Accreditation

Chest pain center accreditation is granted to hospitals that have the resources and are committed to providing quality cardiac care to patients, including:

  • a vascular laboratory
  • cardiac catheterizations
  • cardiac event monitoring
  • cardiac rehabilitation
  • echocardiography
  • electrocardiogram interpretation
  • exercise stress testing
  • healthy heart education
  • Holter monitoring

To receive chest pain center accreditation, Augusta Health has also demonstrated expertise in:

  • working effectively with local emergency medical services
  • quickly assessing, diagnosing and treating patients
  • effectively handling patients at low risk for acute coronary syndrome
  • functional facility design and equipment
  • personnel competencies and training
  • organizational structure and commitment
  • process-improvement orientation
  • community outreach

"Augusta Health is dedicated to maintaining this quality standard of care for chest pain patients," says Hurst. "The Society of Chest Pain Centers' accreditation is an assurance that our patients will experience
reduced treatment times, receive a timely, accurate diagnosis and have better overall outcomes."

Have a healthy heart!

If you're concerned about the health of your heart, call Fishersville's Accredited Chest Pain Center at Augusta Health at (540) 332 -4127 or (540) 932 -4127 for an appointment today.

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