Trinity Medical Center Receives Chest Pain Center Accreditation

      Trinity Medical Center has receivedfull accreditation with Percutaneous Coronary Intervention (PCI) from the Societyof Chest Pain Centers (SCPC).{} "Achieving Chest Pain Center Accreditation with PCI has been a teameffort.{} This designation signifies thededication and commitment of our staff to providing comprehensive care toindividuals having chest pain as well as those diagnosed with heart disease,"said Keith Granger, President and CEO of Trinity Medical Center.

      Heart attacksare the leading cause of death in the United States, with 600,000 people dyingannually of heart disease. More than five million Americans visit hospitalseach year with chest pain. SCPC's goal is to significantly reduce the mortalityrate of these patients by teaching the public to recognize and react to theearly symptoms of a possible heart attack,reduce the time that it takes to receive treatment, and increase the accuracyand effectiveness of treatment.

      TheAccredited Chest Pain Center's protocol-driven and systematic approach topatient management allows physicians to reduce time to treatment during thecritical early stages of a heart attack, when treatments are most effective,and to better monitor patients when it is not clear whether or not they arehaving a coronary event. Such observation helps ensure that patients areneither sent home too early nor needlessly admitted.

      With theincrease in chest pain centers came the need to establish standards designed toimprove the consistency and quality of care provided to patients. SCPC'saccreditation process ensures that centers meet or exceed quality-of-caremeasures in acute cardiac medicine.