Sky Ridge Medical Center Achieves New Status as Accredited Chest Pain Center

March 23, 2001: Sky Ridge Medical Center (Lone Tree, CO) announced today that it has received Chest Pain Center Accreditation from the Society of Chest Pain Centers (SCPC), an international organization dedicated to eliminating heart disease as the number one cause of death worldwide.

Society of Chest Pain Centers Chest Pain Center SealHospitals that have received SCPC accreditation have achieved a higher level of expertise in dealing with patients who arrive with symptoms of a heart attack. They emphasize the importance of standardized diagnostic and treatment programs that provide more efficient and effective evaluation as well as more appropriate and rapid treatment of patients with chest pain and other heart attack symptoms. They also serve as a point of entry into the healthcare system to evaluate and treat other medical problems, and they help to promote a healthier lifestyle in an attempt to reduce the risk factors for heart attack.

Chest Pain Center Accreditation Process

To become an Accredited Chest Pain Center, Sky Ridge Medical Center engaged in rigorous evaluation by SCPC for its ability to assess, diagnose and treat patients who may be experiencing a heart attack. To the community served by Sky Ridge, this means that processes are in place that meet strict criteria aimed at:

  • Reducing the time from onset of symptoms to diagnosis and treatment
  • Treating patients more quickly during the critical window of time when the integrity of the heart muscle can be preserved
  • Monitoring patients when it is not certain that they are having a heart attack to ensure that they are not sent home too quickly or needlessly admitted to the hospital

The Importance of High Quality Heart Care Close to Home

"People tend to wait when they think they might be having a heart attack, and that’s a mistake," states DJ Sasso, Director of Cardiovascular Services, Sky Ridge Medical Center. "The average patient arrives in the emergency department more than two hours after the onset of symptoms, but what they don’t realize is that the sooner a heart attack is treated, the less damage to the heart and the better the outcome for the patient."

"Our vision for Sky Ridge from the start was to create a world-class, destination facility with a depth and breadth of care that would serve the members of our community throughout their lifetime," adds Maureen Tarrant, CEO, Sky Ridge Medical Center. "By becoming an Accredited Chest Pain Center, Sky Ridge has deepened the quality of care for cardiac patients throughout our region and demonstrated our commitment to higher standards for our patients."

Sky Ridge Medical Center’s state-of-the-art cardiac care program encompasses the entire continuum of care for the heart patient and includes such focal points as the Cardiac Alert program with our first responders in the field, a Level III Trauma Center and Emergency Department, two state-of-the-art cardiac cath labs, 64-slice CTA, a cardiac rehab program and community outreach.

About Sky Ridge Medical Center

As Douglas County’s first hospital, Sky Ridge Medical Center opened on August 20, 2003. In less than eight years, Sky Ridge has grown from 106 to 186 beds and provides comprehensive care to the community through state-of-the-art cardiac and cancer care programs to women’s services and spine & orthopedic surgery. In fact, Sky Ridge performs more spine surgeries than any other hospital in the state. Sky Ridge Medical Center is a member of the HealthONE system of excellence, which includes seven hospitals; three surgery centers; more than 30 occupational medicine/rehabilitation, specialty clinics; and AirLife, which provides critical care air and ground transportation for the HealthONE system.

About the Society of Chest Pain Centers

Established in 1998, SCPC is a patient-centric nonprofit international organization focused on improving care for patients with heart disease. Central to SCPC’s mission is the question, “What is right for the patient?” In response, SCPC promotes protocol-based medicine, often delivered through a chest pain center model, to address the diagnosis and treatment of acute coronary syndrome and heart failure and to promote the adoption of process improvement science by healthcare providers. To best fulfill this mission, SCPC provides accreditation and education to facilities striving for optimum cardiac care. SCPC is headquartered in Columbus, Ohio. For more information on SCPC and accreditation opportunities, visit, or call toll free 1-877-271-4176.