Butler Health System’s Chest Pain Center received full accreditation
with PCI (Percutaneous Coronary Intervention) from the Society of Cardiovascular
Patient Care (SCPC) in May. This program has received a three year accreditation
and is subject to an ongoing process of performance improvement.
PCI is a heart catheterization with either removal of a blood clot and/or
stenting of a coronary (heart) artery to open a blockage.
“This accreditation is one more piece of our comprehensive and award-winning
heart care program,” says Ken DeFurio, President & CEO. “This
program helps us to fulfill our goal of high-quality, affordable care
to the region."
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 Butler Health System 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
- 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 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
www.scpcp.org, or call toll free 1-877-271-4176.
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