July 15, 2016
(Shoals Hospital – Muscle Shoals, AL) receives full Chest Pain Center Accreditation from the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care (SCPC) in June. Accreditation expires in June of 2019.
“Receiving this accreditation is acknowledgment of the work involved by the Shoals Hospital team,” said Music Gaylor, the director of Inpatient Services at the facility. “We set a goal to achieve this, and, through the combined efforts of our multi-disciplinary team, we made it happen.”
Shoals Hospital Chief Nursing Officer Rebekah Logan said it’s just one more way Shoals Hospital is working to improve the health and well-being of the Shoals community.
“We know that time is muscle when it comes to heart attacks,” she said. “Having this accreditation is peace of mind for the community that we’re going to make sure those who arrive with the signs and symptoms of a heart attack will get the best possible 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.
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 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 Accreditation status, Shoals Hospital 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 Shoals Hospital: Shoals Hospital was founded in 1968 by a group of physicians dedicated to serving residents of Colbert County, Alabama. As a member of the RCCH Healthcare Partners system, Shoals’ mission is to treat everyone like family, providing the peace of mind that comes from receiving extraordinary care close to home. Our website is www.shoalshospital.com. For more on Shoals Hospital, contact Michelle Rupe Eubanks, Community Relations Director, at 256-386-1808 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
About the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care:
The Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care (SCPC) 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. As the accreditation services arm of the American College of Cardiology, SCPC offers individual hospitals and hospital systems the support needed to effectively reduce variations of care and bridge existing gaps in treatment. Through its collaboration with actively engaged, multidisciplinary teams, SCPC is Taking Science to the BedsideTM and improving outcomes in the management of heart disease
For more information about SCPC’s accreditation and certification opportunities, visit www.scpc.org, or call toll-free 1-877-271-4176.