Southern Regional Medical Center Receives ACC Chest Pain Center with PCI
Hospital provides necessary care, resources to patients with heart attack symptoms
The American College of Cardiology has recognized Southern Regional Medical
Center for its demonstrated expertise and commitment in treating patients
with chest pain. In December, Southern Regional was awarded Chest Pain
Center Accreditation with Primary PCI based on rigorous onsite evaluation
of the staff’s ability to evaluate, diagnose and treat patients
who may be experiencing a heart attack.
“Receiving this accreditation recognizes the success of our Chest
Pain Center Team’s comprehensive approach and dedication to high-quality
care for heart attack patients in our region,” states Southern Regional
Medical Center President and CEO, Charlotte Dupré. “While
we are excited to earn this re-accreditation, the real beneficiaries are
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than
730,000 Americans suffer a heart attack each year. The most common symptom
of a heart attack for both men and women is chest pain or discomfort.
However, women are more likely to have atypical symptoms. Other heart
attack symptoms include, but are not limited to, tingling or discomfort
in one or both arms, back, shoulder, neck or jaw, shortness of breath,
cold sweat, unusual tiredness, heartburn-like feeling, nausea or vomiting,
sudden dizziness and fainting.
Percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) is also known as coronary angioplasty.
It is a non-surgical procedure that opens narrowed or blocked coronary
arteries with a balloon to relieve symptoms of heart disease or reduce
heart damage during or after a heart attack.
Hospitals that have earned ACC Chest Pain Center with Primary PCI Accreditation
have proven exceptional competency in treating patients with heart attack
symptoms and have primary PCI available 24/7 every day of the year. As
required to meet the criteria of the accreditation designation, they have
streamlined their systems from admission to evaluation to diagnosis and
treatment all the way through to appropriate post-discharge care and recommendations
and assistance in patient lifestyle changes. In addition, they have formal
agreements with other facilities that regularly refer heart attack patients
to their facility for primary PCI.
“ACC Accreditation Services is proud to bestow Chest Pain Center
with Primary PCI Accreditation on Southern Regional Medical Center,”
said Abraham Joseph, vice president of ACC Accreditation Services. “We
commend the hospital for its demonstrated commitment to providing Riverdale
and the surrounding communities with excellent cardiac care.”
Hospitals receiving Chest Pain Center with Primary PCI Accreditation from
the ACC must take part in a multi-faceted clinical process that involves:
completing a gap analysis; examining variances of care, developing an
action plan; a rigorous onsite review; and monitoring for sustained success.
Improved methods and strategies of caring for patients include streamlining
processes, implementing of guidelines and standards, and adopting best
practices in the care of patients experiencing the signs and symptoms
of a heart attack. Facilities that achieve accreditation meet or exceed
an array of stringent criteria and have organized a team of doctors, nurses,
clinicians, and other administrative staff that earnestly support the
efforts leading to better patient education and improved patient outcomes.
The ACC and American Heart Association are collaborating to offer U.S.
hospitals like Southern Regional Medical Center access to a comprehensive
suite of co-branded cardiac accreditation services designed to optimize
patient outcomes and improve hospital financial performance. These services
are focused on all aspects of cardiac care, including emergency treatment
of heart attacks.