Richmond, Va. (Nov. 19, 2015) — HCA Virginia’s John Randolph Medical Center, recently received full chest pain accreditation from the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care (SCPC) for demonstrating expertise and commitment to quality patient care.
This is the fourth time the hospital has earned the accreditation, which is good for a period of three years. Previous years include 2006, 2009 and 2012.
“This accreditation reflects our commitment to delivering more efficient, effective and rapid treatment of patients with chest pain and other heart attack symptoms,” said Suzanne Jackson, CEO of John Randolph Medical Center. “We will continue to provide high level services for the surrounding community and remain dedicated to promoting healthier lifestyles while reducing risk factors for heart attack.”
The accreditation process ensures that hospitals meet or exceed an array of stringent criteria and undergo a comprehensive onsite review by a team of accreditation review specialists. Hospitals that receive this accreditation status have achieved a higher level of expertise in dealing with patients who present with symptoms of a heart attack.
An Accredited Chest Pain Center’s 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.
According to the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care, 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.
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.
The Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care 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. For more information, visit www.scpc.org.