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Saints Mary and Elizabeth Medical Center Receives Re-accreditation as a Chest Pain Center

Patients with heart-attack symptoms receive higher level of expertise at accredited hospitals

Chicago, Ill. – March 2, 2012 – Saints Mary and Elizabeth Medical Center (SMEMC) was recently re-accredited 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.

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.

SMEMC received a rigorous evaluation by the SCPC for its ability to assess, diagnose and treat patients who may be experiencing a heart attack. The accreditation means SMEMC 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.

“People tend to wait too long when they think they might be having a heart attack – and that’s a mistake,” said Margaret McDermott, CEO/executive vice president, SMEMC. “The average patient arrives in the Emergency Department more than two hours after the onset of symptoms. What they don’t realize is that the sooner a heart attack is treated, the less damage to the heart and better outcome for the patient.”

SMEMC offers state-of-the-art healthcare that encompasses the entire continuum of care for the heart patient, including an emergency medical system, Emergency Department, cardiac catheterization lab, cardiac rehabilitation program and community outreach program.


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, or call toll free 1-877-271-4176.

About Saints Mary and Elizabeth Medical Center (SMEMC)

SMEMC is a premier medical center on Chicago’s near northwest side and includes the: Saint Mary Campus, 2233 W. Division St., and Saint Elizabeth Campus, 1431 N. Claremont Ave. The Saint Mary Campus is certified as a Primary Stroke Center and accredited as a Chest Pain Center. The hospital specializes in behavioral health, cardiac care, digestive diseases, emergency services, neuroscience services, obstetrics, primary care and wound healing. SMEMC also ranks No. 22 in "U.S. News & World Report's in the Chicago metro area. Visit our website at

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