April 1 2010 - MFH Receives Chest Pain Center Accreditation

For Immediate Release

April 1, 2010

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John Moore
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TYLER, TX -- Mother Frances Hospital-Tyler received full Cycle III accreditation with percutaneous cornary intervention (PCI) from the Society of Chest Pain Center's Accreditation Review Committee.

Hospital officials said The Chest Pain Center at Mother Frances Hospital-Tyler demonstrated expertise and commitment to quality patient care by meeting or exceeding a wide set of stringent criteria and completing on-site evaluations by a review team from the Society of Chest Pain Centers.

"The accreditation shows the commitment the Hospital has to our heart patients," said Roderick Meese, MD, medical director, Chest Pain Center, Mother Frances Hospital-Tyler. "It takes many physicians, nurses and team members from both the emergency and cardiology departments to provide the level of care that this recognition reflects, and I am proud of everyone who made this possible."

More than five million Americans visit hospitals each year with chest pain. The goal of the Society of Chest Pain Centers 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.

The 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 they are having a coronary event. Such observation helps ensure that a patient is neither sent home too early nor needlessly admitted.

With the rise of Chest Pain Centers came the need to establish standards designed to improve the consistency and quality of care provided to patients. The Society’s accreditation process ensures centers meet or exceed quality-of-care measures in acute cardiac medicine.

Key areas in which a Chest Pain Center must demonstrate expertise include:

•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 Chest Pain Center personnel competency and training
•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

About Trinity Mother Frances Hospitals and Clinics

Trinity Mother Frances Hospitals and Clinics includes Mother Frances Hospital-Tyler, Mother Frances Hospital-Jacksonville, Mother Frances Hospital-Winnsboro, Trinity Mother Frances Rehabilitation Hospital, affiliated with HealthSouth, Tyler ContinueCARE Hospital, a long-term acute care facility, and Trinity Clinic. Trinity Clinic is the area's preferred multispecialty medical group, with over 250 physicians and mid-level providers representing 37 specialties in 36 clinic locations serving east Texas. Tyler Cardiovascular Consultants, affiliated with Trinity Mother Frances Hospitals and Clinics, provides chest pain and cardiology care throughout the system’s service area. For more information on services available through Trinity Mother Frances Hospitals and Clinics, visit tmfhc.org.

About the Society of Chest Pain Centers (SCPC)

The Society of Chest Pain Centers is a patient centric non-profit international professional organization focused upon improving care for patients with acute coronary syndromes and other related maladies. Established in 1998, the Society is dedicated to patient advocacy and focusing on ischemic heart disease. Central to its mission is the question, “What is right for the patient?” In answer, the Society promotes protocol-based medicine, often delivered through a Chest Pain Center model to address the diagnosis and treatment of acute coronary syndromes, heart failure, and to promote the adoption of process improvement science by healthcare providers. To best fulfill this mission, the Society of Chest Pain Centers provides accreditation to facilities striving for optimum Chest Pain Center care. SCPC is headquartered in Columbus, Ohio.