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Full Cycle IV Chest Pain Center Accreditation Given to Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Denton
07/18/2012

DENTON, Texas — Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Denton officially received its designation from the Society of Chest Pain Centers (SCPC) as a Fully Accredited Cycle IV Chest Pain Center with Percutaneous Coronary Intervention (PCI). Not only is it the first hospital in the Texas Health Resources system to receive this title, but also one of a handful of hospitals to receive it nationally.

“We obtained a high level of distinction by demonstrating our expertise and our commitment to quality patient care by meeting or exceeding a wide set of stringent criteria and undergoing an onsite review by a team of SCPC’s accreditation review specialists,” said Kathy Srokosz, assistant chief nursing officer at Texas Health Denton. Key areas in which an Accredited 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 the competence and training of Accredited Chest Pain Center personnel.
  • 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.

“Our hospital continues to pursue its journey to excellence. With each step, we’re refining our quality of care and enhancing our patient safety initiatives,” said Stan Morton, president of Texas Health Denton. “As a member of an elite group of hospitals in the country to move from a Cycle II to the new Cycle IV Chest Pain Center designation, we have further demonstrated our deep commitment to improving the health of the people in the communities we serve.”

Heart attacks are the leading cause of death in the United States. More than five million Americans visit hospitals each year with chest pain. The SCPC’s goal is to significantly reduce the mortality rate of these patients by teaching the public to recognize and react to the early symptoms of a possible heart attack, reduce the time that it takes to receive treatment, and increase the accuracy and effectiveness of treatment.

As an Accredited Chest Pain Center, Texas Health Denton’s protocol-driven and systematic approach to patient management allows physicians to reduce time to treatment during the critical early stages of a heart attack, when treatments are most effective, and to better monitor patients when it is not clear whether or not they are having a coronary event. Such observation helps ensure that patients are neither sent home too early nor needlessly admitted to the hospital.

To learn more about heart and vascular care, and how Texas Health cares for more hearts than any other health care system in North Texas, visit TexasHealth.org/Heart.

About Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Denton
Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Denton is a 255-bed acute-care, full-service hospital that has served North Texas and southern Oklahoma since 1987. The hospital’s services include: heart and vascular; a Level III neonatal intensive care unit; orthopedics and sports medicine; neck, spine and pain management; emergency medicine; an accredited sleep center; women’s services; and a weight loss surgery program that has been designated a Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence. As one of the largest employers in Denton County, Texas Health Denton has more than 900 employees and more than 300 physicians on the medical staff practicing in more than 43 specialties. Texas Health Denton is an accredited chest pain center, and is certified by the Joint Commission as a Primary Stroke Center and designated by the State of Texas as a Primary Stroke Facility. Texas Health Denton is an affiliate of Texas Health Resources, one of the largest faith-based, nonprofit health care delivery systems in the United States.

For more information, call 1-877-THR-WELL, or visit TexasHealth.org/Denton.

About the Society of Chest Pain Centers
The Society of Chest Pain Centers (SCPC) is an international not-for-profit organization that focuses on transforming cardiovascular care by assisting facilities in their effort to create communities of excellence that bring together quality, cost and patient satisfaction. As the only cross-specialty organization, SCPC provides the support needed for individual hospitals and hospital systems to effectively bridge existing gaps in treatment by providing the tools, education and support necessary to successfully navigate the changing face of healthcare. For more information on SCPC, accreditation and certification opportunities, visit www.scpcp.org, or call toll free 1-877-271-4176.

About Texas Health Resources
Texas Health Resources is one of the largest faith-based, nonprofit health systems in the United States. The health system includes 25 acute care and short-stay hospitals that are owned, operated, joint-ventured or affiliated with Texas Health Resources. It includes the Texas Health Presbyterian, Texas Health Arlington Memorial and Texas Health Harris Methodist hospitals, Huguley Memorial Medical Center, Texas Health Physicians Group, outpatient facilities, behavioral health and home health, preventive and fitness services, and an organization for medical research and education.

For more information about Texas Health Resources, call 1-877-THR-WELL, or visit TexasHealth.org.

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