DALLAS – Medical City Dallas is pleased to announce that the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care (SCPC) awarded the hospital with full Chest Pain Center with Primary PCI Accreditation. Primary PCI is as an urgent procedure to widen a narrowed or obstructed artery without prior use of blood clot dissolving drugs.
“The dedicated teams at Medical City Dallas have long strived to provide excellent and compassionate care for our patients and this accreditation is a testament to their expertise and collaborative work,” said Chris Mowan, CEO at Medical City Dallas.
“This accomplishment reflects our steadfast commitment to leading-edge treatment of heart diseases and to promoting healthy lifestyles to reduce heart attack risk factors.”
Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States, causing more than 600,000 deaths and five million hospital visits annually, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
An accredited Chest Pain Center’s (CPC) evidence-based, protocol-driven and systematic approach to cardiac patient care allows clinicians to reduce time to treatment during the critical early stages of a heart attack. Accredited facilities such as Medical City Dallas can better monitor patients when it is not initially clear whether or not a patient is having a coronary event. Such monitoring ensures patients are neither sent home too early nor needlessly admitted.
By receiving SCPC CPC Accreditation status, Medical City Dallas has achieved a higher level of expertise in treating patients who present with symptoms of a heart attack.
Achieving SCPC’s Chest Pain Center with Primary PCI Accreditation status means Medical City Dallas has demonstrated expertise in the following areas:
- Integrating the emergency department with the local emergency medical system
- Assessing, diagnosing, and treating patients quickly
- Effectively treating patients at 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
- Constructing 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