Scott & White Hospital – College Station has achieved new status of Chest Pain Center from the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care (SCPC), an international organization that focuses on improving care and ending heart disease. Scott & White Hospital – College Station is a part of the Baylor Scott & White Health system.
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. A hospital receiving full Chest Pain Center Accreditation from the SCPC is an indicator to the community of the dedication that hospital has to saving lives when heart disease may strike. 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.
“Achieving this Chest Pain Center accreditation is another demonstration of our ongoing commitment to patients and the community we serve. Our patients’ needs are at the center of all we do, and we are continuously improving and using our team-based approach to optimize care and outcomes for our patients,” said William Rayburn, MD, chief medical officer, College Station region. “When a patient arrives at our facility with a potential heart attack, we must perform optimally every time – this requires strict adherence to best care guidelines and working quickly and competently.”
An Accredited Chest Pain Center’s evidence-based, protocol-driven and systematic approach to cardiac patient care allows clinicians to reduce time to treatment during the critical early stages of a heart attack. Chest pain centers specialize in monitoring patients and determining whether or not a patient is having a coronary event. Such monitoring ensures patients are neither sent home too early nor needlessly admitted.
With the increase in chest pain centers came the need to establish standards and adopt best practices designed to improve the consistency and quality of care provided to patients. SCPC’s CPC Accreditation process ensures that hospitals meet or exceed a wide set of stringent criteria and undergo a comprehensive onsite review by a team of accreditation review specialists. Hospitals that received SCPC CPC Accreditation status have achieved a higher level of expertise in dealing with patients who arrive with symptoms of a heart attack. They emphasize the importance of standardized diagnostic and treatment programs that provide more efficient and effective evaluation as well as more appropriate and rapid treatment of patients with chest pain and other heart attack symptoms. They also serve as a point of entry into the healthcare system to evaluate and treat other medical problems, and they help to promote a healthier lifestyle in an attempt to reduce the risk factors for heart attack.
By achieving SCPC’s Chest Pain Center Accreditation status, Scott & White Hospital – College Station demonstrated expertise in the following areas:
- Integrating the emergency department with the local emergency medical system (EMS)
- 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
Another important indicator the SCPC monitors is “door-to-balloon” times, or the amount of time that elapses between when the patient arrives at the hospital and the time it takes to reestablish blood flow in an obstructed or blocked blood vessel.
“The national benchmark is 90 minutes, and the Baylor Scott & White Health hospital in College Station has averaged less than 50 minutes for 16 consecutive months,” said Jason Jennings, president, College Station region. “We are committed to delivering safe, reliable, quality care, and this achievement reflects the successful efforts of our entire team to meet or exceed higher standards,” said Jennings.