Wythe County Community Hospital receives full accreditation for Chest Pain Center

December 3, 2014

Wythe County Community Hosptial received full accreditation status from the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care (SCPC) on Wednesday, November 26, 2014.  

 “The hard work and dedication over the past year from the WCCH employees, emergency department staff and emergency medical services to achieve this approval is evident in the data presented to the society,” states Theresa Dix, Chief Nursing Officer at WCCH.   “We have seen a remarkable reduction in the time the community responds to chest pain episodes.  The community outreach programs have been key to this response.  The improved processes from within the ED and the EMS systems have resulted in evidence based and quality care for our Acute Coronary Syndrome patients.   We look forward to continued collaboration and contributions to the care of our Wythe County residents”. 

 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. 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.

 Dale Clark, Chief Operating Officer at Wythe County Community Hospital states, “We are proud of our staff and their work in achieving this recognition.  We are also pleased with the commitment the local EMS organizations to support the CP Accreditation.  It’s our hope the Accreditation assures everyone in the community that you’ll receive the very best care when you come to our hospital and Emergency Room.”

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.

 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 accreditation process ensures that centers meet or exceed quality-of-care measures in acute cardiac medicine.

The Accredited Chest Pain Center at (Name of Facility) 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

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.