Mission Hospital receives Chest Pain Center with Primary PCI Accreditation


Mission Hospital’s Memorial Campus in Asheville, North Carolina recently received full Chest Pain Center with Primary PCI Accreditation from the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care.  Accreditation expires on April 18, 2018.

Cardiologist William Maddox Jr., MD, is Mission Heart’s physician champion of the STEMI (ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction) program – responsible for advanced heart attack treatment strategies. He explained, “The accreditation process required us to gather much current and old information, and to reevaluate all of our policies and processes from the last three to five years. For our patients, the accreditation means we are committed to a more effective and efficient program that provides higher quality. We’ll also be monitoring our progress more closely in the future to continually find ways to enhance patient care.”

Jill Hoggard Green, PhD, RN, COO, Mission Health and President, Mission Hospital and Mission Medical Associates added, “I am pleased that Mission Hospital has recently achieved Chest Pain Center with PCI accreditation through the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care.  This achievement is part of our continued quality journey and is evidence that our devotion to the patient remains the primary focus in all that we do. We have a team of dedicated caregivers that have exhibited true determination to rise above the established standards of care and continue to closely monitor and improve the care that is provided every day.”

Heart attacks are the leading cause of death in the United States, with 600,000 people dying annually of heart disease. More than five million Americans visit hospitals each year with chest pain. The SCPC’s goal 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.

An accredited Chest Pain Center’s (CPC) evidence-based, protocol-driven and systematic approach to cardiac patient care allows clinicians to reduce time to treatment during the critical early stages of a heart attack. Accredited facilities better monitor patients when it is not initially clear whether or not a patient is having a coronary event. Such monitoring ensures patients are neither sent home too early nor needlessly admitted.

SCPC’s CPC Accreditation process came about as greater numbers of facilities in the United States sought to establish standards and adopt best practices in the quality of care provided to patients experiencing chest pain. SCPC’s CPC Accreditation process ensures that hospitals meet or exceed an array of stringent criteria and undergo a comprehensive on-site review by a team of accreditation review specialists.

Hospitals that receive SCPC’s CPC Accreditation status have achieved a higher level of expertise in dealing with patients who present 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.

Dr. Maddox said, “The Mission Heart team goes to this great effort to achieve this accreditation because we are proud of what we have and the system we’ve put together. The team has been meeting for 26 years now to improve our outcomes. We enjoy our efforts, and we know we are doing something important.”

By achieving SCPC’s Chest Pain Center with Primary PCI Accreditation status, Mission Hospital’s Memorial Campus demonstrates expertise in the following areas:

·         Integrating the emergency department with the local emergency medical system

·         Assessing, diagnosing and treating patients quickly

·         Effectively treating patients at low risk for acute coronary syndrome and no assignable cause for their symptoms

·         Continually seeking to improve processes and procedures

·         Ensuring the competence and training of Accredited Chest Pain Center personnel

·         Maintaining organizational structure and commitment

·         Constructing a functional 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

About Mission Hospital

Mission Hospital, located in Asheville, N.C., is a not-for-profit hospital that serves as the regional referral center for tertiary and quaternary care in western North Carolina and the adjoining region. Mission Hospital is licensed for 730 beds and houses the region’s only dedicated Level II trauma center. It also includes Mission Children’s Hospital – the region’s only children’s hospital. The flagship hospital of Mission Health, Mission Hospital was ranked as one of the nation’s Top 100 Hospitals by Truven Health Analytics from 2009 to 2015. For more information, please visit mission-health.org.

About Mission Health

Mission Health, based in Asheville, North Carolina, is the state’s sixth-largest health system and was recognized as one of the nation’s Top 15 Health Systems from 2012-2015 by Truven Health Analytics, formerly Thomson Reuters, becoming the only health system in North Carolina to achieve this recognition.  Mission Health operates six hospitals, numerous outpatient and surgery centers, post-acute care provider CarePartners, long-term acute care provider Asheville Specialty Hospital, and the region’s only dedicated Level II trauma center.  With approximately 10,700 employees and 2,000 volunteers, Mission Health is dedicated to improving the health and wellness of the people of western North Carolina. For more information, please visit mission-health.org or @MissionHealthNC.

About the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care

The Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care (SCPC) is an international, nonprofit organization that focuses on transforming cardiovascular care by assisting facilities in their efforts to create cardiovascular centers of excellence that deliver quality care and patient satisfaction in a cost-sensitive environment. As the accreditation services arm of the American College of Cardiology, SCPC offers individual hospitals and hospital systems the support needed to effectively reduce variations of care and bridge existing gaps in treatment. Through its collaboration with actively engaged, multidisciplinary teams, SCPC is Taking Science to the Bedside™ and improving outcomes in the management of heart disease.  For more information about SCPC’s accreditation and certification opportunities, visit www.scpc.org  or call toll-free 1-877-271-4176.

About Thomas Calder
Thomas Calder received his MFA in Fiction from the University of Houston's Creative Writing Program. He has worked with several publications, including Gulf Coast and the Collagist. For his weekly #tuesdayhistory tidbits on Asheville, follow him on Instagram @tcalder.

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