MFH Only Cycle II Accredited Chest Pain Center with PCI In The Region and One of Nine In Texas

The Chest Pain Center at Mother Frances Hospital, opened in 1997, remains the region’s first and only nationally accredited Chest Pain Center. The Society of Chest Pain Centers and Providers (SCPCP) has reaccredited the Chest Pain Center at Mother Frances Hospital as the only accredited center in this region and one of only nine in Texas to receive the highest level of accreditation: Cycle II with percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI).

Prior to the establishment of accreditation guidelines, chest pain centers considered themselves “accredited” if they felt in good faith they met the criteria for providing care for acute coronary syndromes, as published by the 1994 Consensus Panel Report in the American Journal of Cardiology. In 2003, the SCPCP took this measure a step further and instituted accreditation guidelines. Chest Pain Centers must go through the reaccredidation process every three years.

“As the area’s leading provider of cardiac care, Mother Frances Hospital recognized the significance of adopting and implementing outcome-driven protocols using the current standards of care, and quickly moved to become accredited by SCPCP,” said Michael J. Vintges, vice president, cardiac services and the Center For Advanced Surgery And Technology, Trinity Mother Frances Health System.

“As east Texas’ leading heart hospital, Mother Frances Hospital was the first in the region to open a dedicated chest pain center in its Emergency Care Center and is dedicated to the fast track identification and treatment of patients who come to the Emergency Care Center seeking care for chest pain,” said Vintges. “No other facility in the region compares when it comes to the identification and treatment of heart disease. Our Code STEMI process (a system that since being implemented at Mother Frances Hospital in February 2006, has significantly reduced the time between transport and treatment of acute heart attack victims) is a testament to our commitment to enhance care. Our staff realizes the importance of timely diagnosis and treatment of acute heart attacks.”

To earn accreditation status, facilities must meet or exceed a wide set of stringent criteria in eight categories then allow an on-site evaluation by a review team from the Society of Chest Pain Centers to ensure that these centers meet or exceed quality-of-care measures in acute cardiac medicine. Mother Frances Hospital not only met the criteria for Cycle II accreditation, but also achieved accreditation as a center that performs PCI. While many hospitals have chest pain centers, only a select few can claim they have achieved Cycle I accreditation (39 in a 200 mile radius of Tyler) and even a smaller number have attained Cycle II accreditation with PCI (6 facilities in a 200 mile radius of Tyler). Following are the categories reviewed:

  • Emergency department integration with emergency medical system
  • Emergency assessment of patients with symptoms of possible acute coronary syndrome (ACS)
  • Process improvement
  • Personnel, competencies and training
  • Organizational structure
  • Functional facility design
  • Community outreach

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