Glendale Heights – Adventist GlenOaks Hospital has been 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 was accredited with PCI (percutaneous coronary interventions) status, also referred to as Cycle II accreditation, 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 March 10, 2012.
Adventist GlenOaks Hospital is home to one of just two accredited chest pain centers in DuPage County. The hospital’s Heart & Vascular Institute offers the experience of interventional cardiologists, electrophysiologists, cardiovascular surgeons and interventional radiologists in one convenient location. Patients with life-threatening heart blockages or those who need pacemakers or implantable defibrillators can now be treated closer to home.
“Being accredited as a chest pain center underscores our commitment to quality and high performance standards,” said Brinsley Lewis, chief executive officer of Adventist GlenOaks Hospital.
Added Dr. Aziz Ahmed, an interventional cardiologist who is medical director of the hospital’s cardiac catheterization laboratory: “This distinction is a seal of approval showing that our patients can receive the most advanced care here instead of travelling outside of their community.”
Dr. Joseph Shanahan, medical director of emergency services at the hospital, called the accreditation achievement “a team effort.”
“Accreditation as a chest pain center acknowledges that we are following best practices in caring for our heart attack patients,” Shanahan said.
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.