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Published on February 23, 2017

Saint Mary’s Hospital Receives Chest Pain Center with Primary PCI with Resuscitation Accreditation

American College of Cardiology logo for Accredited Chest Pain CenterWATERBURY, Conn. (February 23, 2017) ─Saint Mary’s Hospital has received full Chest Pain Center with Primary PCI with Resuscitation Accreditation from the American College of Cardiology (ACC). Saint Mary’s is one of only two hospitals in Connecticut−and the only one in Waterbury−to achieve this recognition.

“Hospitals that receive this accreditation status have achieved a higher level of expertise in diagnosing and treating patients who arrive with symptoms of heart attack. When patients come to the Emergency Department with chest pain or other heart attack symptoms, we recognize how important it is to accurately diagnose the problem and rapidly treat them,” said Peter Jacoby, M.D., Director of Emergency Services for Saint Mary’s Hospital.

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. ACC’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.

An Accredited Chest Pain Center’s (CPC) evidence-based, protocol-driven and systematic approach to patient care allows clinicians to reduce the time to treatment during the critical early stages of a heart attack. Accredited facilities better monitor patients when it is not initially clear whether or not a patient is having a coronary event. Such monitoring ensures that patients are neither sent home too early nor needlessly admitted.

ACC’s Chest Pain Center Accreditation process came about as greater numbers of facilities in the United States sought to establish standards and adopt best practices in the quality of care provided to patients experiencing chest pain. The Accreditation process ensures that hospitals meet or exceed an array of stringent criteria and undergo a comprehensive onsite review by a team of accreditation review specialists. Hospitals that receive ACC Accreditation status 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.

“This recognition is an extension of our commitment to the management and care of heart failure patients through the establishment of our Pump Club and our status as an ACC Patient Navigator Hospital, as well as our continued commitment to cardiac quality improvement efforts through the American Heart Association’s Get With The Guidelines Program and NCDR Action Registry for patients with heart attacks and heart failure,” said Chad W. Wable, FACHE, President, Saint Mary’s Hospital and Senior Vice President, Operations, and Chief Transformation Officer, Trinity Health – New England.

With the designation of Chest Pain Center with Primary PCI with Resuscitation Saint Mary’s Hospital has enhanced the outcomes because they initiate the early strategies such as early recognition, CPR and defibrillation, early intervention with Primary PCI simultaneously with post arrest hypothermia treatment. Chest Pain Center with Primary PCI and Resuscitation designated facilities are equipped with a robust hypothermia program which includes policies, procedures, and protocols for post arrest treatment. These facilities must also maintain a “No Diversion Policy” for out of hospital cardiac arrest patients.

By achieving ACC’s Chest Pain Center with Primary PCI with Resuscitation Accreditation status, Saint Mary’s Hospital demonstrates expertise in the following areas:

  • Integrating the Emergency Department with the local emergency medical system
  • Assessing, diagnosing, and treating patients quickly
  • Effectively treating patients at low risk for acute coronary syndrome and no assignable cause for their symptoms
  • Continually seeking to improve processes and procedures
  • Ensuring the competence and training of Accredited Chest Pain Center personnel
  • Maintaining organizational structure and commitment
  • Constructing 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 Saint Mary’s Hospital

Saint Mary’s Hospital is a nonprofit Catholic acute care community teaching hospital that has served Greater Waterbury since 1909 and is now a member of Trinity Health – New England. Licensed for 347 beds, Saint Mary’s is designated as a Level II Trauma Center, offers award-winning cardiac and stroke care and houses the region’s only pediatric emergency care unit. As the leading provider of surgical services in Greater Waterbury, Saint Mary’s was the first to introduce the daVinci® Robotic Surgery System. The hospital’s satellites and affiliates extend from Waterbury to Wolcott, Cheshire, Naugatuck, Southbury, Prospect and Watertown. Visit stmh.org/services/cardiac for more information and follow us on Facebook at SaintMarysHospitalCT, Instagram and Twitter at @SaintMarysCT.

About Trinity Health - New England

Trinity Health - New England is an integrated nonprofit health care delivery system formed in 2015 and is a member of Trinity Health located in Livonia, MI, one of the largest multi-institutional Catholic health care delivery systems in the nation. Trinity Health - New England is comprised of Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center and Mount Sinai Rehabilitation Hospital in Hartford, Connecticut; Johnson Memorial Medical Center, Johnson Memorial Hospital, and Johnson Health Care and Home & Community Health Services in Stafford Springs, Connecticut; and The Sisters of Providence Health System, which includes Mercy Medical Center in Springfield, Massachusetts; Providence Behavioral Health Hospital in Holyoke, Massachusetts; Weldon Rehabilitation Hospital, Springfield, Massachusetts; Brightside for Families and Children; and Mercy Continuing Care Network that includes Mercy Homecare, Mercy Hospice and Mercy LIFE.

About the American College of Cardiology

The American College of Cardiology is a 52,000-member medical society that is the professional home for the entire cardiovascular care team. The mission of the College is to transform cardiovascular care and to improve heart health. The ACC leads in the formation of health policy, standards and guidelines. The College offers accreditation services to individual hospitals and hospital systems the support needed to effectively reduce variations of care and bridge existing gaps in treatment. Through its collaboration with actively engaged, multidisciplinary teams, ACC is Taking Science to the Bedside™ and improving outcomes in the management of heart disease.

For more information about ACC Accreditation Services, visit accreditation.acc.org, or call toll-free 1-877-271-4176.

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