Southern Regional Medical Center (SRMC), which has a long standing reputation
for excellence in cardiac care, received full accreditation with PCI from
the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care (SCPC) on December 19, 2014.
SRMC is the first hospital in the South Metro Atlanta region to achieve
Cycle IV Accreditation.
“By becoming and maintaining Accredited Chest Pain Center status,
Southern Regional has enhanced the quality of care for the cardiac patient
and has demonstrated its commitment to higher standards. Recognition for
this achievement should go to the entire care team which consists of local
EMS, physicians, the Cath Lab, Emergency Department and other staff. These
individuals have worked diligently to implement best practices that ensure
that we are delivering high quality, effective care.” commented
Kim Ryan, President and CEO of Southern Regional Health System.
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. SCPC’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.
The Accredited 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
or not they are having a coronary event. Such observation helps ensure
that patients are neither sent home too early nor needlessly admitted.
With the increase in chest pain centers came the need to establish standards
designed to improve the consistency and quality of care provided to patients.
SCPC’s accreditation process ensures that centers meet or exceed
quality-of-care measures in acute cardiac medicine.
The Accredited Chest Pain Center at Southern Regional Medical Center has
demonstrated its expertise and commitment to quality patient care by meeting
or exceeding a wide set of stringent criteria and undergoing an onsite
review by a team of SPCP’s accreditation review specialists. Key
areas in which an Accredited Chest Pain Center must demonstrate expertise
include the following:
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 the competence and training of Accredited Chest Pain Center personnel
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 Southern Regional Medical Center
Southern Regional Medical Center (SRMC) is a 331-bed full-service hospital
managed by Emory Healthcare. Located in Riverdale, Georgia, the hospital
serves residents throughout the region south of Atlanta and has been recognized
on the state and national level for the quality of care provided. Southern
Regional holds the distinction of being certified as an accredited Chest
Pain Center and an Advanced Primary Stroke Center. SRMC is also recognized
as an Accredited Center for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery by the American
College of Surgeons. For more information about SRMC visit
About the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care
The Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care (SCPC) is an international not-for-profit
organization that focuses on transforming cardiovascular care by assisting
facilities in their effort to create communities of excellence that bring
together quality, cost and patient satisfaction. As the only cross-specialty
organization, SCPC provides the support needed for individual hospitals
and hospital systems to effectively bridge existing gaps in treatment
by providing the tools, education and support necessary to successfully
navigate the changing face of healthcare. For more information on SCPC,
accreditation and certification opportunities, visit
www.scpcp.org, or call toll free 1-877-271-4176.