The American College of Cardiology has recognized Conemaugh Nason Medical Center for its demonstrated expertise and commitment in treating patients with chest pain. Conemaugh Nason was awarded Chest Pain Center Accreditation in January 2018 based on rigorous onsite evaluation of the staff’s ability to evaluate, diagnose and treat patients who may be experiencing a heart attack.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 730,000 Americans suffer a heart attack each year. The most common symptom of a heart attack for both men and women is chest pain or discomfort. However, women are more likely to have atypical symptoms. Other heart attack symptoms include, but are not limited to, tingling or discomfort in one or both arms, back, shoulder, neck or jaw, shortness of breath, cold sweat, unusual tiredness, heartburn-like feeling, nausea or vomiting, sudden dizziness and fainting.
Hospitals that have earned ACC Chest Pain Center Accreditation have proven exceptional competency in treating patients with heart attack symptoms. They have streamlined their systems from admission to evaluation to diagnosis and treatment all the way through to appropriate post-discharge care and recommendations and assistance in patient lifestyle changes.
“ACC Accreditation Services is proud to bestow Chest Pain Center Accreditation on Conemaugh Nason Medical Center” said Abraham Joseph, vice president of ACC Accreditation Services. “We commend Conemaugh Nason for its demonstrated commitment to providing their community with excellent cardiac care.”
Hospitals receiving Chest Pain Center Accreditation from the ACC must take part in a multi-faceted clinical process that involves: completing a gap analysis; examining variances of care, developing an action plan; a rigorous onsite review; and monitoring for sustained success. Improved methods and strategies of caring for patients include streamlining processes, implementing of guidelines and standards, and adopting best practices in the care of patients experiencing the signs and symptoms of a heart attack. Facilities that achieve accreditation meet or exceed an array of stringent criteria and have organized a team of doctors, nurses, clinicians, and other administrative staff that earnestly support the efforts leading to better patient education and improved patient outcomes.
“Achieving Chest Pain Accreditation is a testament to the diligent work our staff, physicians, nurses, administration, and local emergency medical services have done to provide quality cardiac care to our community,” says Michael Stayduhar, RN, CCCC, Conemaugh Nason’s cardiovascular care coordinator. “When it comes to the heart, quick recognition of symptoms and receiving prompt appropriate care are crucial to not only save lives, but to improve the quality of life after heart events.”
The ACC and American Heart Association are collaborating to offer U.S. hospitals like Conemaugh Nason Medical Center access to a comprehensive suite of co-branded cardiac accreditation services designed to optimize patient outcomes and improve hospital financial performance. These services are focused on all aspects of cardiac care, including emergency treatment of heart attacks.