Mercy Heart Center Receives Cycle V Chest Pain Center with Primary PCI with Resuscitation Accreditation
Mercy Heart Center recently received full cycle V Chest Pain Center with Primary PCI with Resuscitation Accreditation from the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care (SCPC). Accreditation expires in 2018.
Ahmed Sabe, M.D., executive director of Mercy Heart Center and co-medical director of Mercy’s Emergency Chest Pain Center, explains that a cycle V accreditation means Mercy Medical Center has consistently provided this high level of cardiac care for five continuous accreditation cycles of the SCPC.
“As the first hospital in the United States to be fully accredited as a Chest Pain Center in 2003, this newest cycle V accreditation continues to validate the high standard of care we provide for our cardiac patients,” said Sabe. “We are very proud of our heart team and our local EMS providers, whose collaboration results in early intervention of heart attacks and dramatically improved outcomes for our patients.” Sabe added that residents of Stark County and surrounding communities benefit tremendously from the top-notch level of heart care required to obtain this rare accreditation.
Tom Cecconi, Mercy president and CEO, notes this accreditation is one of many in Mercy Heart Center’s ongoing efforts to deliver world-class heart care close to home.
“Mercy Medical Center is committed to offering the highest standards of patient care for our patients. This accreditation is just one example of our Heart Center’s commitment to providing exceptional care for our cardiac patients,” said Cecconi.
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.
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 onsite review by a team of accreditation review specialists. Hospitals that receive SCPC 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.
By achieving SCPC’s Chest Pain Center with Primary PCI with Resuscitation Accreditation status, Mercy Medical Center 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 Mercy Heart Center
Mercy Medical Center has a history of pioneering excellence in heart care. Nationally recognized as a heart care leader, the impressive lists of “Firsts” include the world’s first angioplasty performed in an emergency department, the nation’s first Accredited Chest Pain Center and Stark County’s first Chest Pain Center certified to perform angioplasty 24/7. Mercy Emergency Chest Pain Center is home to a Cardiac Catheterization Lab where door-to-balloon angioplasty has been performed in less than five minutes. This cath lab allows Mercy to dramatically reduce the time between heart attack and life-saving angioplasty. Mercy has received the American Heart Association’s Mission: Lifeline® Gold Level Award four consecutive times since 2012, including two GOLD PLUS awards; has been named a Top 50 Heart Hospital in the US for six years by Truven Health Analytics; and has earned the American College of Cardiology Foundation’s Platinum Performance Achievement Award twice.