Chest Pain Center Accreditation
October 03, 2009
Macon, GA - Coliseum Medical Centers received full Cycle III accreditation with PCI from the Accreditation Review Committee on October 3, 2009. Accreditation expires October 2, 2012.
“This accreditation further demonstrates our dedication to excellence and quality care to our community. When time is of the essence, our Accredited Chest Pain Center seal can provide reassurance that Coliseum Medical Centers is a hospital you can trust to provide the best possible outcomes in heart care,” says Sheila Gebel, RN, MSN, Assistant Chief Nursing Officer at Coliseum Medical Centers.
Heart attacks are the leading cause of death in the United States, with 600,000 dying annually of heart disease. More than five million Americans visit hospitals each year with chest pain. The goal of the Society of Chest Pain Centers 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 Chest Pain Center’s protocol driven and systematic approach to patient management allows physicians to reduce time to treatment during the critical early stages of a heart attack, when treatments are most effective, and to better monitor patients when it is not clear whether they are having a coronary event. Such observation helps ensure that a patient is neither sent home too early nor needlessly admitted.
With the rise of Chest Pain Centers came the need to establish standards designed to improve the consistency and quality of care provided to patients. The Society’s accreditation process insures centers meet or exceed quality-of-care measures in acute cardiac medicine.
The Chest Pain Center at Coliseum Medical Centers has demonstrated its expertise and commitment to quality patient care by meeting or exceeding a wide set of stringent criteria and completing on-site evaluations by a review team from the Society of Chest Pain Centers. Key areas in which a Chest Pain Center must demonstrate expertise include:
- Integrating the emergency department with the local emergency medical system
- Assessing, diagnosing, and treating patients quickly
- Effectively treating patients with low risk for acute coronary syndrome and no assignable cause for their symptoms
- Continually seeking to improve processes and procedures
- Ensuring Chest Pain Center personnel competency and training
- Maintaining organizational structure and commitment
- Having 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 Coliseum Medical Centers
Owned by Hospital Corporation of America (HCA), Coliseum Medical Centers is part of the Coliseum Health System, also comprised of Coliseum Northside Hospital and Coliseum Psychiatric Center. Coliseum Health System has over 1350 employees and over 400 active physicians on the medical staff. The two medical/surgical campuses have a total of 361 beds, plus 60 beds in the Coliseum Psychiatric Center. Coliseum Medical Centers offers an expansive range of state-of-the-art services designed to meet the comprehensive medical needs of central Georgia, including a 24-hour emergency room, inpatient and outpatient surgery options, diagnostic services and orthopaedic rehabilitation programs. In addition, Coliseum Medical Centers’ breadth of care options includes specialty facilities such as the Coliseum Regional Cardiac Center, an advanced cardiac center offering all services from non-invasive cardiology to open heart surgery, Coliseum Cancer Center, Coliseum Diabetes Management Center, Coliseum Wound Healing and Hyperbaric Medicine Center, and the Family Ties Birthing Center, which includes a level III neonatal nursery. For more information on Coliseum Medical Centers, visit www.coliseumhealthsystem.com, or contact Robin Parker, Marketing at (478) 471-6868 or firstname.lastname@example.org
About the Society of Chest Pain Centers (SCPC)
The Society of Chest Pain Centers is a patient centric non-profit international professional organization focused upon improving care for patients with acute coronary syndromes and other related maladies. Established in 1998, the Society is dedicated to patient advocacy and focusing on ischemic heart disease. Central to its mission is the question, “What is right for the patient?” In answer, the Society promotes protocol based medicine, often delivered through a Chest Pain Center model to address the diagnosis and treatment of acute coronary syndromes, heart failure, and to promote the adoption of process improvement science by healthcare providers. To best fulfill this mission, the Society of Chest Pain Centers provides accreditation to facilities striving for optimum Chest Pain Center care. SCPC is headquartered in Columbus, Ohio.