West Suburban MC receives Chest Pain Accreditation

Oak Park, IL (June 27, 2012) – Vanguard West Suburban Medical Center announces that it has again received Chest Pain Center Accreditation from the Society of Chest Pain Centers (SCPC), 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.

Hospitals that have received SCPC accreditation 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.

“We are proud to earn this distinction from the SCPC yet again,” remarks Jack Cleary, Chief Operating Officer, West Suburban Medical Center.  “This designation proves why we are so confident in our cardiac expertise and reinforces our commitment to delivering high quality patient care using a wide set of stringent criteria.”

To become an Accredited Chest Pain Center, West Suburban Medical Center engaged in rigorous reevaluation and refinement of its cardiac care processes in order to integrate the healthcare industry’s successful practices and newest paradigms into its cardiac care processes. Protocol-based medicine, developed by leading experts in cardiac care, to reduce the time from onset of symptoms to diagnosis and treatment are part of West Suburban’s overall cardiac care service. West Suburban Medical Center’s state-of-the-art heart care encompasses the entire continuum of care for the ACS patient and includes such focal points as dispatch, Emergency Medical System, emergency department, cath lab, a well-defined quality assurance plan, and community outreach program. To the community served by West Suburban, 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

“People tend to wait when they think they might be having a heart attack, and that’s a mistake,” states Kip Adrian, M.D., Chairman of Emergency Medicine. “The average patient arrives in the emergency department more than two hours after the onset of symptoms, but what they don’t realize is that the sooner a heart attack is treated, the less damage to the heart and the better the outcome for the patient.”

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.

About Vanguard West Suburban Medical Center

Vanguard West Suburban Medical Center is a 233-bed teaching hospital located in Oak Park and is accredited by the Healthcare Facilities Accreditation Program. Staffed with more than 300 physicians, the Medical Center offers a comprehensive array of advanced inpatient, outpatient and surgical services. Part of Vanguard Health Chicago, Vanguard West Suburban Medical Center is a leader in orthopedics, gastroenterology, oncology, cardiology and obstetrics. Visit westsuburbanmc.com for more information.

About the Society of Chest Pain Centers

The Society of Chest Pain Centers (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.