Geisinger hospitals earn full chest pain accreditation
Geisinger Wyoming Valley and Geisinger Medical Center have been designated as Accredited Chest Pain Centers by the Society of Chest Pain Centers. GWV and GMC are the second and seventh hospitals respectively in Pennsylvania to receive full accreditation. As accredited chest pain centers, GMC and GWV have demonstrated expertise including:
- Integrating the Emergency Department with the local emergency medical system
- Rapid diagnosis and treatment of patients with chest pain due to heart disease
- Rapid identification and discharge of patients with non-dangerous chest pain
- Effectively treating patients with low risk for acute coronary syndrome and no assignable cause for their symptoms
- Ongoing education and training of chest pain unit doctors, nurses, and staff
- Continuous improvement of processes and procedures used to treat chest pain patients
- Having a functional design that promotes optimal patient care
- Supporting community outreach programs to educate the public to promptly seek medical care for symptoms of a possible heart attack
- Continually seeking to improve processes and procedures
GMC and GWV also has one of the few 24/7/365 heart attack programs in the area. After entering one of Geisinger’s Emergency Departments, patients with a large heart attack go directly to the catheterization lab where they are treated 24 hours a day, seven days a week by a staff composed of highly trained nurses, technicians and cardiac physicians. The time it takes to open the artery has decreased from over three hours to less than an hour due to new strategies introduced by Geisinger physicians over the past few years.
Heart attacks are the leading cause of death in the United States, with 600,000 dying annually of heart disease. 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 it takes to receive treatment, and increase the accuracy and effectiveness of treatment.
About the Society of Chest Pain Centers (SCPC)
The Society of Chest Pain Centers is a patient centered 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.