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Texas Health Huguley Hospital Receives Chest Pain Center Accreditation with PCI

Texas Health Huguley Hospital Fort Worth South received full accreditation with PCI, from the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care (SCPC) for complying with the highest quality-of-care standards for acute cardiac medicine.  Texas Health Huguley Hospital is one of the few area hospitals to achieve this level (Cycle 4) of accreditation.

As an Accredited Chest Pain Center, Texas Health Huguley Hospital has achieved a higher level of expertise in dealing with patients who arrive with symptoms of a heart attack.  The hospital uses a protocol-driven and systematic approach to patient management that provides a more efficient and effective evaluation as well as more appropriate and rapid treatment of patients with chest pain and other heart attack symptoms.

“The three-year accreditation reflects that our hospital passed rigorous testing and process improvement to become recognized as one of the Society's elite accredited facilities,” said Tammy Collier, RN, FACHE, Texas Health Huguley vice president of patient care services.

“The process of becoming accredited makes us better equipped to handle patients with chest pain.  The early stages of a heart attack, when treatment is most effective, are critical.  We analyze each step in evaluation and diagnosis to reduce time to treatment and better monitor patients when it is not clear whether or not they are having a coronary event,” said Barbara Willis, RN, administrative director of cardiovascular services.

“In achieving accreditation, we show that our hospital is proven to provide the best practices to improve outcomes for those with suspected or acute coronary disease,” Willis continued.

The Accredited Chest Pain Center at Texas Health Huguley Hospital has demonstrated its 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. 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

With the increase in chest pain centers came the need to establish standards designed to improve the consistency and quality of care provided to patients. 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.

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.

About Texas Health Huguley Hospital Fort Worth South
Operated as a joint venture between Texas Health Resources and Adventist Health System, Texas Health Huguley believes that total health is achieved through a balance of physical, mental, social and spiritual well-being. Texas Health Huguley includes a 223-bed acute care hospital, two intensive care units, bone and joint center, open heart surgery center, behavioral health center, women’s services, emergency department and a fitness center. More than 350 primary care and specialty physicians on the medical staff provide a wide range of inpatient and outpatient services. For more information, call 817-293-9110, visit www.TexasHealthHuguley.org or find Texas Health Huguley on facebook.

About the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care
The Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care (SCPC) is an international not-for-profit organization that focuses on transforming 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 organization, SCPC provides the support needed for individual hospitals and 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.