Two Tri-State area hospitals are newly- accredited chest pain centers. Havasu Regional Medical Center and Valley View Medical Center have received national accreditation from the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care (SCPC).
Both Havasu Regional and Valley View completed the rigorous process in just over a year, the shortest chest pain accreditation of any hospital in Mohave County. The announcement was made to coincide with February’s annual National Heart Month.
Chest pain accreditation means Valley View and Havasu Regional have achieved a higher level of expertise in dealing with patients who arrive with symptoms of a heart attack. Training, diagnostic and treatment programs are not only standardized within the hospitals but also related with partners, from medical providers to 9-1-1 dispatchers to first responders, who can provide care in the field en-route to the hospital.
For the Tri-State area, this means that processes are in place that meet strict criteria aimed at:
• Reducing the time from onset of symptoms to diagnosis and treatment
• Treating patients more quickly during the critical window of time when the integrity of the heart muscle can be preserved
• Monitoring 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
Part of LifePoint Hospitals®, Valley View and Havasu Regional Medical Centers are two of 23 of the system’s hospitals that recently achieved SCPC accreditation as part of a company-wide commitment to enhancing quality and ensuring excellent service and care in the emergency department. The partnership between the LifePoint system and SCPC for collaborative training and hospital accreditation was the first of its kind and demonstrates the organizations’ common focus on high quality medical care.