Southern Regional Medical Center Receives Chest Pain Center Accreditation with PCI


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, or call toll free 1-877-271-4176.

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