Three UnityPoint Health – Des Moines Hospitals Receive Chest Pain Center Accreditation
Posted: October 9, 2013 Iowa Methodist Medical Center, Iowa Lutheran Hospital and Methodist West Hospital have received full accreditation from the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care (SCPC), effective September 8, 2013.
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SCPC’s accreditation process ensures that these centers meet or exceed quality-of-care measures for acute cardiac medicine.
“The Chest Pain Center accreditation is truly a demonstration of our increasing and steadfast focus on patient care coordination,” said Eric Crowell, President and CEO of UnityPoint Health – Des Moines. “Provider teams are working together to mobilize faster in emergencies and communicate effectively during a patient’s entire hospital stay. After a patient is discharged, our goal is to provide coordinated care between the doctor’s office, hospital, and the patient’s home.”
Heart Attacks Are Still The Nation’s Leading Health Risk
Heart attacks are the leading cause of death in the United States, with 600,000 people dying annually of heart disease. 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.
“The Chest Pain Center accreditations were a huge team effort here at UnityPoint Health – Des Moines” said Rachael Sokol, DO, emergency medicine physician and Medical Director of the Chest Pain Center. “This effort brought emergency medical transportation providers, emergency department physicians and staff, cardiologists and our cardiac catheterization lab personnel together to improve the medical outcome for every patient we take care of.”
Coordinated cardiology care is central to the effort. “Our ultimate goal is to provide timely, advanced heart and vascular care for patients with chest pain in all of our emergency departments,” said Amar Nath, MD, Cardiologist with UnityPoint Clinic. “We will continue to work to improve our emergency cardiac processes and procedures, as there are always additional gains that can improve outcomes and save even more lives” added James Lovell, DO, Cardiologist with The Iowa Clinic.
Proficiency of Chest Pain Care
The Accredited Chest Pain Center’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.
The Accredited Chest Pain Centers of UnityPoint Health – Des Moines demonstrated their expertise and commitment to quality patient care by meeting or exceeding a wide set of stringent criteria and undergoing an onsite review by a team of SPCP’s accreditation review specialists. The key areas in which an Accredited Chest Pain Center must demonstrate expertise include the following:
• 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
The accreditations for Iowa Methodist, Iowa Lutheran and Methodist West are for a three-year term.