Baptist Health hospitals highlighted for providing exemplary care for chest pain and heart attack symptoms
December 30, 2014 | Jacksonville, FL
Baptist Health adult hospital emergency centers in Northeast Florida have received reaccreditation as Chest Pain Centers, signifying their enhanced quality of care.
Baptist Jacksonville, Baptist South, Baptist Beaches, Baptist Nassau and Baptist Clay Emergency Centers received Chest Pain Center Accreditation from the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care (SCPC), an international not-for-profit organization that focuses on transforming cardiovascular care by assisting facilities in their effort to create communities of excellence.
To become an accredited Chest Pain Center, each Baptist Emergency Center engaged in rigorous evaluation of its cardiac care processes in order to ensure they have integrated the most successful practices and newest paradigms into its cardiac care processes, reducing the time from onset of symptoms to diagnosis and treatment.
“From the standpoint of emergency services, reaccreditation as Chest Pain Centers memorializes the excellent, rapid and efficient care delivered to patients with signs and symptoms of coronary artery disease,” said Richard Stromberg, MD, medical director for the Chest Pain Centers at Baptist Health. “We are very proud of the fact that patients are quickly evaluated, stabilized and treated and that the care is similar and excellent at all of the Baptist hospitals.”
Darin C. Roark, administrator of Emergency Services for Baptist Health, said representatives from the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care toured the hospital campuses during the week-long visit and met with Baptist Health leadership. In addition, they interviewed Baptist Health team members, physicians, patients and local Emergency Medical Services providers and conducted an extensive review of records and performance metrics.
Accredited Chest Pain Centers ensure that patients who arrive at the hospital complaining of chest pain or other symptoms of a heart attack receive the treatment necessary during the critical window of time when the integrity of the heart muscle can be preserved. By becoming Accredited Chest Pain Centers, Baptist Health hospitals have demonstrated an enhanced the quality of care for patients and a commitment to higher standards across the entire continuum of cardiac care. This includes focal points such as emergency dispatch, Emergency Medical Services, Life Flight air ambulance, emergency centers, cardiac cath labs, Baptist Heart Hospital, and community outreach programs.
“This recognition reaffirms our commitment to providing exemplary care and highlights the dedication, skill and collaboration of our physicians, team members and our community emergency medical services providers who are saving lives every day,” said John Wilbanks, Baptist Health executive vice president and chief operating officer.
Girish Shroff, MD, interventional cardiologist with Baptist Heart Specialists, also added that the accreditation reiterates the work ethic at Baptist hospitals and shows that “our ER and cardiovascular staff and physicians strive to provide exemplary patient care.”
Baptist Jacksonville additionally achieved accreditation of its tertiary-level Chest Pain Centers with Percutaneous Coronary Intervention, also known as coronary angioplasty, which is provided in the Cardiac Catheterization Laboratories at Baptist Heart Hospital, the region's only hospital dedicated to heart and vascular care. Baptist South’s accreditation also included Percutaneous Coronary Intervention.
In addition, Baptist Jacksonville was recently recognized by Becker's Hospital Review in the 2014-15 edition of its list, "100 hospitals and health systems with great heart programs."
“The accreditation shows the dedication that our team members at all our Baptist Health hospitals have to cardiac care,” said David Hassel, MD, chief of cardiology for Baptist Jacksonville. “We offer the only exclusive heart hospital in the northeast Florida area. This national recognition is just part of our commitment to providing the best cardiovascular care for the region.”