December 20, 2012
Wesley Medical Center has again received full 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 that bring together quality, cost and patient satisfaction.
“We are proud to achieve this accreditation, says Hugh Tappan, Wesley President/CEO. “The Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care recognizes Wesley’s commitment to providing outstanding care to our patients and our community. With this re-accreditation, Wesley has two chest pain centers – Wesley and Galichia Heart Hospital.”
Hospitals that have received SCPC accreditation have achieved a higher level of expertise in dealing with patients who arrive with symptoms of a heart attack. They 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.
To become an Accredited Chest Pain Center, Wesley engaged in rigorous evaluation by SCPC for its ability to assess, diagnose, and treat patients who may be experiencing a heart attack. To the community served by Wesley, this means that processes are in place that meet strict criteria aimed at:
- Reducing the time from onset of symptoms to diagnosis and treatment
- Treating patients more quickly during the critical window of time when the integrity of the heart muscle can be preserved
- Monitoring patients when it is not certain that they are having a heart attack to ensure that they are not sent home too quickly or needlessly admitted to the hospital
“People tend to wait when they think they might be having a heart attack, and that’s a mistake,” stated Jeremy Pauly, Wesley Emergency Department Director. “The average patient arrives in the emergency department more than two hours after the onset of symptoms, but what they don’t realize is that the sooner a heart attack is treated, the less damage to the heart and the better the outcome for the patient. We are very proud of our door to balloon time of 57 minutes when the national goal is 90 minutes.”
Wesley’s state-of-the-art health care encompasses the entire continuum of care for the heart patient and includes such focal points as dispatch, Emergency Medical System, emergency department, cath lab, Wesley’s quality assurance plan, and Wesley’s community outreach program. By becoming an Accredited Chest Pain Center, Wesley has enhanced the quality of care for the cardiac patient and has demonstrated its commitment to higher standards.