Memorial Hospital Belleville Receives American College of Cardiology Chest Pain Center Accreditation
Memorial Hospital has ‘proven exceptional in treating patients with heart attack symptoms’ according to the organization
The American College of Cardiology (ACC) has recognized Memorial Hospital for its demonstrated expertise and commitment in treating patients with chest pain. Memorial was awarded Chest Pain Center Accreditation with percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI)in May based on rigorous onsite evaluation of the staff’s ability to evaluate, diagnose and treat patients who may be experiencing a heart attack.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more than 730,000 Americans suffer a heart attack each year. The most common symptom of a heart attack for both men and women is chest pain or discomfort; however, women are more likely to have atypical symptoms. Other heart attack symptoms include, but are not limited to, tingling or discomfort in one or both arms, back, shoulder, neck or jaw, shortness of breath, cold sweat, unusual tiredness, heartburn-like feeling, nausea or vomiting, sudden dizziness, and fainting.
PCI is also known as coronary angioplasty. It is a non-surgical procedure that opens narrowed or blocked coronary arteries with a balloon to relieve symptoms of heart disease or reduce heart damage during or after a heart attack.
Hospitals that have earned ACC Chest Pain Center with Primary PCI Accreditation have proven exceptional competency in treating patients with heart attack symptoms and have primary PCI available every day of the year. As required to meet the criteria of the accreditation designation, they comply with standard Chest Pain Center protocols and are equipped with a robust hypothermia program for post-cardiac arrest treatment.
“Memorial Hospital Belleville has demonstrated its commitment to providing Belleville and surrounding areas with excellent heart care,” said Deepak L. Bhatt, MD, MPH, FACC, chair of the ACC Accreditation Management Board. “ACC Accreditation Services is proud to award Memorial with Chest Pain Center with Primary PCI Accreditation.”
Hospitals receiving Chest Pain Center with Primary PCI Accreditation from the ACC must take part in a multi-faceted clinical process that involves completing a gap analysis, examining variances of care, developing an action plan, a rigorous onsite review, and monitoring for sustained success. Improved methods and strategies of caring for patients include streamlining processes, implementing of guidelines and standards, and adopting best practices in the care of patients experiencing the signs and symptoms of a heart attack. Facilities that achieve accreditation meet or exceed an array of stringent criteria and have organized a team of doctors, nurses, clinicians, and other administrative staff that earnestly support the efforts leading to better patient education and improved patient outcomes.
“The ACC is the gold standard for improving cardiac outcomes through community education and best practices,” said Jill Houba, RN, CEN, AACC, Chest Pain Coordinator at Memorial Hospital Belleville. “This accreditation demonstrates Memorial’s commitment to providing the highest quality of care to our cardiac patients. We are very proud of our team and community in achieving this prestigious accreditation.”
The ACC offers U.S. and international hospitals like Memorial access to a comprehensive suite of cardiac accreditation services designed to optimize patient outcomes and improve hospital financial performance. These services are focused on all aspects of cardiac care, including emergency treatment of heart attacks.