Wesley Healthcare
March 30, 2015

WICHITA – Galichia Heart Hospital has earned reaccreditation as a certified Chest Pain Center, demonstrating the hospital’s commitment to the highest quality, outcomes and service in cardiovascular and emergency care.

The reaccreditation was granted by the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care (SCPC), an international not-for-profit organization that assists facilities in improving quality, cost and patient satisfaction measures.

“We are very proud to achieve this reaccreditation,” said Steve Edgar, Galichia’s CEO. “Even though we continue to diversify our service lines beyond those typically found in a ‘heart hospital,’ cardiovascular services will always be very important to us and the patients we serve. We owe it to those patient to ensure those services are the best they can possibly be.”

Hospitals that have received SCPC accreditation have achieved a higher level of expertise in treating patients who arrive with symptoms of a heart attack. These facilities emphasize the importance of standardized 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.

“People tend to wait when they think they might be having a heart attack, and that’s a mistake,” said Jeremy Pauly, director of the Wesley EmergencyCare Network. “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.”

Galichia’s “door-to-balloon time,” – which measures the time between a patient presenting with symptoms to when an appropriate clinical intervention is completed – is 59 minutes, significantly less than the national average of 90 minutes.

To become an accredited Chest Pain Center, Galichia engaged in rigorous evaluation by SCPC for its ability to assess, diagnose and treat patients who may be experiencing a heart attack. This means 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 they are having a heart attack to ensure they are not sent home too quickly or needlessly admitted to the hospital

As a reaccredited Chest Pain Center, Galichia continues to ensure that patients who arrive at the hospital complaining of chest pain or other symptoms of a heart attack receive the best treatments during the critical window of time when the integrity of the heart muscle can be preserved.

For more information about Galichia Heart Hospital, please visit www.wesleymc.com.

Wesley Medical Center is the region’s leading acute care hospital network providing a full range of diagnostic and treatment services for patients throughout Kansas and northern Oklahoma since 1912. As a leader in Overall Recommended Care in national surveys, Wesley treats more than 24,000 patients annually and delivers more than 6,000 babies – more than any hospital in a 13-state region. Wesley provides the most extensive emergency network in Wichita, with Wesley ER, Wesley West ER and Galichia ER. Wesley owns and operates Galichia Heart Hospital, WESLEYCare Clinics and the Pediatric Center of Kansas. To learn more about Wesley Medical Center, please visit www.wesleymc.com.

The Society of Chest Pain Centers (SCPC) is an international not-for-profit organization who mission is to transform 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 society, SCPC provides the support needed for hospital systems to effectively bridge existing gaps in treatment of providing the tools, education and support necessary to successfully navigate the changing face of health care. For more information on SCPC, accreditation and certification opportunities, visit www.scpcp.org, or call toll-free 1-877-271-4176.