Canton, Ohio: Mercy Medical Center Emergency Chest Pain Center (ECPC) is the first in northeast Ohio – and one of only two hospitals in Ohio and 10 in the nation – to receive a full, three-year Cycle III accreditation with PCI (percutaneous coronary interventions), or angioplasty, from the Society of Chest Pain Centers (SCPC).
This accreditation again confirms that Mercy is the area's leading provider of fast, appropriate and effective treatment for chest pain.
Mercy ECPC was home to the nation's first accredited chest pain center and first fully functioning cardiac catheterization lab in an emergency department. Other notable heart care firsts include the world's first angioplasty in an emergency department, the nation's first cardiac catheterization in a community hospital and Ohio's first accredited Heart Failure Institute.
Ahmed A. El Ghamry Sabe, M.D., medical director of Mercy Heart Center, believes the SCPC accreditation demonstrates Mercy's continued consistency and quality of care in acute cardiac medicine.
"To achieve Cycle III with PCI, we had to prove that Mercy ECPC reduces time to treatment during the critical early stages of a heart attack, when treatment is most effective," he says. "In 2008 our median door-to-balloon time (angioplasty) was just 57 minutes, and 92 percent of heart attack cases received angioplasty in less than 90 minutes. Nine percent received record-breaking angioplasty in less than 15 minutes. That make's Mercy one of the nation's fastest angioplasty responders."
The ECPC is also equipped to closely monitor patients when it is not clear if they are having a coronary event, ensuring that a patient is neither sent home too early nor needlessly admitted.
Other key areas of Mercy's expertise include:
· Integration of the emergency department and local EMT services.
· Continuous improvement of processes, procedures and staff training.
· Functional design that promotes optimal patient care.
· Support of community outreach programs to educate the public on heart attack symptoms.
Coronary heart disease (CHD) remains the leading killer in America, often producing chest pain and heart attacks. The American Heart Association estimates 1.2 million Americans will have a new or recurrent attack this year and about 310,000 will die in an emergency department or without being hospitalized.
During a heart attack, the heart's blood supply is interrupted, damaging heart muscle. Opening a blocked artery quickly using balloon angioplasty not only saves patients' lives, but also improves their chance of returning to an active lifestyle.
Dr. Sabe adds, "At Mercy, we believe a community hospital must strive for excellence. We have to be the best because the lives of those in our community depend on us, especially when nearly 850 Americans die each day without warning because of CHD."
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.
For more information on the Society of Chest Pain Centers visit www.scpcp.org
, or contact Robert Lipetz, Executive Director at (614) 442-5950 or firstname.lastname@example.org
About Mercy Medical Center
Mercy Medical Center, a nonprofit corporation of the Sisters of Charity Health System and University Hospitals Health System, operates a 476-bed hospital serving Stark, Carroll, Wayne, Holmes and Tuscarawas Counties and parts of Southeastern Ohio. It has 550 physicians on its Medical Staff and employs 2,500 people. Mercy operates outpatient health centers in Carrollton, Jackson Township, Lake Township, Louisville, North Canton, Plain Township and Tuscarawas County. A Catholic hospital, Mercy Medical Center upholds the mission and philosophy of the Sisters of Charity of St. Augustine and continues to be responsive to the needs of the community, including the provision of care to all, regardless of their ability to pay. For more information, see www.cantonmercy.com