Bon Secours Virginia Health System announced today that Bon Secours Maryview Medical Center, located in Portsmouth, Va., has received the designation of Accredited Chest Pain Center with PCI (percutaneous coronary intervention), while Bon Secours Health Center at Harbour View, located in Suffolk, Va., earned designation as an Accredited Chest Pain Center. Bon Secours Health Center at Harbour View is also the first free-standing emergency department in the country to earn this accreditation. Both accreditations were made by the Society of Chest Pain Centers (SCPC) and each is effective for three years.
SCPC is an international not-for-profit organization that focuses on transforming cardiovascular care by assisting facilities in their efforts to create communities of excellence that bring together quality, cost and patient satisfaction.
Accredited Chest Pain Centers 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 health care 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.
“Our goal is to provide the highest quality of care to our community,” said Joseph M. Oddis, CEO, Bon Secours Maryview and Bon Secours Health Center at Harbour View. “These accreditations validate that we have achieved a higher level of expertise in helping people who arrive with symptoms of a heart attack.”
SCPC rigorously evaluated Bon Secours Maryview and Bon Secours Harbour View for their abilities to assess, diagnose and treat patients who may be experiencing heart attacks.
To the community served by Bon Secours Maryview and Bon Secours Harbour View, this means that processes are in place that meet strict criteria aimed at:
- Reducing the time from onset of symptoms to diagnosis and treatment
- Treating patients more quickly during the critical window of time when the integrity of the heart muscle can be preserved
- Monitoring patients when it is not certain that they are having a heart attack to ensure that they are not sent home too quickly or needlessly admitted to the hospital
“People tend to wait when they think they might be having a heart attack, and that’s a mistake,” says Calin V. Maniu, M.D., cardiologist with Cardiovascular Specialists and medical director for the chest pain centers. “The average patient arrives in the emergency department more than two hours after the onset of symptoms, but what they don’t realize is that the sooner a heart attack is treated, the less damage to the heart and the better the outcome for the patient.”
Bon Secours Maryview and Bon Secours Harbour View state-of-the-art health care encompasses the entire continuum of care for the heart patient and includes such focal points as dispatch, emergency medical services, emergency departments, cardiac catheterization laboratory, quality assurance programs and community outreach programs.
Heart attacks are the leading cause of death in the United States, with 600,000 people dying annually of heart disease. More than 5 million Americans visit hospitals each year with chest pain.
About the Society of Chest Pain Centers
The Society of Chest Pain Centers (SCPC) is an international not-for-profit organization whose mission is to transform cardiovascular care by assisting facilities in their efforts to create communities of excellence that bring together quality, cost and patient satisfaction. As the only cross-specialty society, SCPC provides the support needed for hospital systems to effectively bridge existing gaps in treatment by providing the tools, education and support necessary to successfully navigate the changing face of health care. For more information on SCPC, accreditation and certification opportunities, visit www.scpcp.org, or call toll free 1-877-271-4176.