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Hospitals earn coveted accreditation as chest pain centers
Media contact: Lisa Parro, senior public relations specialist, Adventist Midwest Health, Lisa.parro@ahss.org

Adventist Hinsdale and Adventist La Grange Memorial Hospitals have 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 hospitals were accredited with PCI (percutaneous coronary interventions) status, also referred to as Cycle II accreditation, because both offer coronary angioplasty. PCI is among the most advanced treatments available to open blocked arteries in the heart.

“Seeking accreditation gave us the opportunity to refine our process in such a way that we not only meet the current industry standards, but exceed them in most cases,” said Dr. Paul Ryan, medical director of cardiology at Adventist Hinsdale Hospital.

One of the measurements used to evaluate success in treating heart attacks with angioplasty and similar treatments – known collectively as percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) – is the so-called “door-to-balloon time.” This refers to the interval between a patient’s arrival at the hospital and the inflation of a tiny balloon in the patient’s artery. The industry standard door-to-balloon time is 90 minutes. At Adventist Hinsdale Hospital, 100 percent of patients received primary PCI within 90 minutes; at Adventist La Grange Memorial Hospital, 92 percent of patients received primary PCI within 90 minutes, according to the most recent data reported to the Joint Commission.* 

A patient complaining of chest pain sets off a series of immediate responses at Adventist Hinsdale and Adventist La Grange Memorial Hospitals. The patient is immediately assessed and, in some cases, rapidly transferred to the cardiac catheterization lab for evaluation. Outlining the steps for providing care helps clinicians manage chest pain patients quickly and appropriately.

“We follow the ‘time is muscle’ philosophy,” said Dr. Edgar Carell, medical director of the chest pain center at Adventist La Grange Memorial Hospital, referring to a saying among cardiologists that sums up the importance of prompt treatment when heart muscle is dying. “Improving heart care starts with improved processes that encompass timely treatment, continuing education, and application of best practices along the entire heart care chain.”

Both Adventist Hinsdale and Adventist La Grange Memorial hospitals offer the experience of interventional cardiologists, electrophysiologists, cardiovascular surgeons and interventional radiologists in a convenient location. Patients with life-threatening heart blockages or those who need pacemakers or implantable defibrillators can be treated close to home.

“Being accredited as a chest pain center underscores our commitment to quality and high performance standards,” said David L. Crane, chief executive officer of Adventist Hinsdale Hospital. “Accreditation acknowledges that we are following best practices in improving the care of every acute coronary syndrome (ACS) patient.”

Rick Wright, chief executive officer of Adventist La Grange Memorial Hospital, called the accreditation achievement “a team effort.”

“Excellent care requires close collaboration and teamwork involving the community, emergency medical services, the emergency department, nursing, cardiology and, of course, each individual patient,” Wright said.

To earn accreditation, Chest Pain Centers must demonstrate their 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.

For more information, call 1-877-65 HEART (1-877-654-3278). To find a physician, call 630-856-7500.  To schedule an appointment, call 630-856-7070.

* Data set is calendar year 2009. To view the data, visit www.qualitycheck.org and enter the ZIP code 60521 and choose “0-5 miles” from the drop-down menu. On the next screen, under “type of provider” on the right, choose “hospitals.” Adventist Hinsdale Hospital will be listed first. Click on “view accreditation quality report.” Click on “see detail” next to the “heart attack care” listing. The door-to-balloon time is listed as “primary PCI received within 90 minutes of hospital arrival.” The fine print in the table under the “hospital results” column shows that 100 percent of 11 eligible patients received primary PCI within 90 minutes. Follow a similar process to access the data for Adventist La Grange Memorial Hospital; 92 percent of 25 eligible patients received primary PCI within 90 minutes.

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About Adventist Midwest Health

Adventist Midwest Health includes Adventist Bolingbrook Hospital, Adventist GlenOaks Hospital, Adventist Hinsdale Hospital and Adventist La Grange Memorial Hospital.  To find a physician, visit www.keepingyouwell.com.

About the Society of Chest Pain Centers (SCPC)

The Society of Chest Pain Centers is a patient centric non-profit international professional organization focused upon improving care for patients with acute coronary syndromes and other related maladies.  Established in 1998, the Society is dedicated to patient advocacy and focusing on ischemic heart disease. Central to its mission is the question, “What is right for the patient?”  In answer, the Society promotes protocol based medicine, often delivered through a Chest Pain Center model to address the diagnosis and treatment of acute coronary syndromes, heart failure, and to promote the adoption of process improvement science by healthcare providers.  To best fulfill this mission, the Society of Chest Pain Centers provides accreditation to facilities striving for optimum Chest Pain Center care.  SCPC is headquartered in Columbus, Ohio. 

 

For more information on the Society of Chest Pain Centers visit www.scpcp.org, or contact Robert Lipetz, Executive Director at (614) 442-5950 or director@scpcp.org.