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Texas Health Denton Receives Cycle II Chest Pain Center Accreditation
08/03/2009

DENTON, Texas — Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Denton received full Cycle II accreditation with Percutaneous Coronary Intervention (PCI) from the Accreditation Review Committee on Aug. 2. The accreditation expires Aug. 1, 2012.

“Achieving Cycle II accreditation demonstrates that our hospital staff, physicians, administration and board are committed to the rapid determination of immediate care required for the cardiac patient,” said Lola Rust, director of emergency services at Texas Health Denton.

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. The goal of the Society of Chest Pain Centers 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.

The Chest Pain Center’s protocol-driven, 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 they are having a coronary event. Such observation helps ensure that a patient is neither sent home too early nor needlessly admitted.

"The Chest Pain Center accreditation substantiates our commitment and ability to quickly and appropriately care for the patient that is suffering from chest pain caused by a heart attack or many other causes," said Sean Fleming, M.D., emergency medicine medical director at Texas Health Denton.

With the rise of Chest Pain Centers came the need to establish standards designed to improve the consistency and quality of care provided to patients. The Society’s accreditation process insures centers meet or exceed quality-of-care measures in acute cardiac medicine.

The Chest Pain Center at Texas Health Denton 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

About Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Denton
Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Denton is a 255-bed acute-care, full-service hospital serving North Texas and southern Oklahoma. The hospital’s services include emergency services, medical imaging, surgical services, cardiovascular services and women’s services. An affiliate of the faith-based, non-profit Texas Health Resources system, Texas Health Denton has approximately 890 employees and an active medical staff of more than 300 physicians. For more information, call 1-877-THR-WELL or visit TexasHealth.org/Denton.

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.

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