Glendale Heights – Adventist GlenOaks Hospital has been re-accredited by the Society of Chest Pain Centers, hospital officials announced today. This recognition ensures that patients receive specialized care during the critical early stages of a heart attack when treatments are most effective and are monitored throughout their stay to ensure proper care. Such observation helps ensure that a patient is neither sent home too early nor needlessly admitted.
The facility achieved full cycle III re-accreditation with PCI (percutaneous coronary interventions) because it offers coronary angioplasty. PCI is among the most advanced treatments available to open blocked arteries in the heart, thereby preventing or treating a heart attack. This accreditation expires in 2015.
Adventist GlenOaks Hospital’s Heart & Vascular Institute offers the experience of interventional cardiologists, electrophysiologists and interventional radiologists in one convenient location. Patients with life-threatening heart blockages or those who need pacemakers or implantable defibrillators can be treated closer to home.
“Being accredited as a chest pain center underscores our commitment to quality and high performance standards,” said Bruce C. Christian, chief executive officer of Adventist GlenOaks Hospital. “Achieving re-accreditation acknowledges that we are following best practices in caring for our heart attack patients.”
Added Sara Humes, RN, chest pain center coordinator and quality management specialist: “This distinction is a seal of approval showing that our patients can continue to receive the most advanced care here instead of traveling outside of their community.”
The Chest Pain Center at Adventist GlenOaks Hospital has demonstrated its expertise and commitment to quality patient care by meeting or exceeding a wide set of stringent criteria and completing on-site evaluations by a review team from the Society of Chest Pain Centers. Key areas in which a Chest Pain Center must demonstrate expertise include:
* Integrating the emergency department with the local emergency medical system,
* Assessing, diagnosing, and treating patients quickly,
* Effectively treating patients with low risk for acute coronary syndrome and no assignable cause for their symptoms,
* Continually seeking to improve processes and procedures,
* Ensuring Chest Pain Center personnel competency and training,
* Maintaining organizational structure and commitment,
* Having 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.
Heart attacks are the leading cause of death in the United States, with 600,000 dying annually of heart disease. More than five million Americans visit hospitals each year with chest pain.
Adventist Midwest Health, part of Adventist Health System, includes Adventist Bolingbrook Hospital, Adventist GlenOaks Hospital, Adventist Hinsdale Hospital and Adventist La Grange Memorial Hospital. To find a physician, visit www.keepingyouwell.com.
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