Sky Ridge Medical Center is an Accredited Chest Pain Center
Sky Ridge Medical Center (Lone Tree, CO) has been re-accredited by 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.
Hospitals 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
- Educating the community about reducing their risk of heart attack
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, AVP of Cardiovascular Services and Neurosciences at 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 being 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 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 http://www.scpcp.org/certifications/, or call toll free 1-877-271-4176.