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Saint Joseph Hospital Earns Re-accreditation as Chest Pain Center

Accredited centers provide higher level of expertise to patients with heart-attack symptoms

Chicago, Ill. – March 1, 2012 – Saint Joseph Hospital recently received re-accreditation as a Chest Pain Center by the Society of Chest Pain Centers (SCPC), an international not-for-profit organization. The accreditation is effective for three years.

Heart attacks are the leading cause of death in the United States, with 600,000 people dying annually of heart disease. More than 5 million Americans visit hospitals each year with chest pain.

SCPC-accredited hospitals have achieved a higher level of expertise in dealing with patients who arrive with heart-attack symptoms. These facilities have in place standardized diagnostic and treatment programs that provide more efficient and effective evaluation. In addition, these facilities generally provide more appropriate and rapid treatment of patients with chest pain and other heart attack symptoms.

“Our physicians are trained to deliver specialized care during the early stages of a heart attack – when treatment is critical,” said Roberta Luskin-Hawk, M.D., executive vice president and CEO, Saint Joseph Hospital. “The more rapidly a patient is diagnosed and treated, the better chances of preserving heart muscle and preventing heart damage. It’s important for men and women to know the signs and symptoms of a heart attack, and seek immediate treatment.”

The SCPC conducted a rigorous evaluation of Saint Joseph Hospital for its ability to assess, diagnose and treat patients who may be experiencing a heart attack. The accreditation means Saint Joseph Hospital has the capabilities to:

  • Reduce the time from onset of symptoms to diagnosis and treatment
  • Treat patients more quickly during the critical window of time when the integrity of the heart muscle can be preserved
  • Monitor 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

Accredited facilities also serve as a point of entry into the healthcare system to evaluate and treat other medical problems – helping to promote a healthier lifestyle and reduce the risk factors for heart attack.

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About the Society of Chest Pain Centers

The Society of Chest Pain Centers (SCPC) is an international not-for-profit organization whose mission is to transform 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 Society, SCPC provides the support needed for 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 Saint Joseph Hospital

Saint Joseph Hospital is a nationally ranked, award-winning teaching hospital serving Chicago’s lake shore communities. It is home to many world-renowned physicians and advanced medical technologies. For more information, visit sjh.reshealth.org.

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