Providence Receives Chest Pain Accreditation
Providence Medical Center, Kansas City, Kan., has received full accreditation status from the Accreditation Review Committee of the Society of Chest Pain Centers. According to the Society, Providence is the eighth accredited Chest Pain Center in Kansas and the 307th in the nation.
The Society’s accreditation process ensures that Providence has demonstrated its expertise and commitment to quality patient care by meeting or exceeding a wide set of standards and completing on-site evaluations by a review team from the Society. Key areas in which the Providence Chest Pain Center demonstrated 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.
“Review and approval from the Society demonstrates Providence’s commitment to quality patient care,” explains Mary Dailey, M.A., R.N., C.H.E., Providence vice president of Patient Care. “Our patients receive the highest level of cardiac care from the moment they enter our Emergency Room.”
In fact, Mari Poulose, D.O., F.A.C.E.P., a Providence board-certified emergency medicine physician and medical director of the Providence Emergency Department, says fast action is the key to treating chest pain patients. “Time is heart muscle,” Dr. Poulose explains. “Literally every second counts. Our goal is to diagnose and to have patients with an acute heart attack to the Cardiac Catheterization Lab and have the procedure in progress in less than 60 minutes.”
Janie Schumaker, R.N., B.S.N., C.E.N., C.P.H.Q., Providence Emergency Services director, adds that the Providence Emergency Department sees a large number of patients experiencing chest pain for a variety of reasons.
“Chest pain can have many causes,” Schumaker notes. “By adhering to the Society’s standards for patient management, we are able to reduce the time to treatment during the critical early stages of a heart attack, when treatment is most effective. At the same time, we are able to better monitor patients when it is not clear whether they are having a heart attack. This observation helps ensure that a patient is neither sent home too early, nor needlessly admitted to the hospital.”
“The standards developed by the Society are very focused on the patient and doing all we can to prevent damage to heart muscle,” says Michele Faris-Rowe, Providence Cardiology Services director. “The site survey team looked at every aspect of
the cardiac care we provide, from our campus signage, to the time it takes a chest pain patient to reach the Cath Lab, to nursing competencies and physician training. Their review was very thorough.”
Dailey adds that achieving accreditation was a team effort. “Taking care of chest pain patients requires a dedicated team of healthcare professionals, from the Emergency Department, to the lab, to diagnostics, to nursing staff, to cardiac rehabilitation,” she
says. “Our staff can be very proud of this achievement. Our patients should be confident that when they come to Providence, the care they receive has been reviewed and approved by a nationally recognized team of experts in chest pain care.”
According to the Society, 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 early symptoms of a possible heart attack, reduce the time it takes to receive treatment and increase the accuracy and effectiveness of treatment.