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The American College of Cardiology (ACC) has recognized Conemaugh Miners Medical Center for its demonstrated expertise and commitment in treating patients with chest pain. Conemaugh Miners was awarded Chest Pain Center Accreditation in May 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 sweats, 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.
“Conemaugh Miners Medical Center has demonstrated its commitment to providing the community with excellent heart care,” said Phillip D. Levy, MD, FACC, chair of the ACC Accreditation Management Board. “ACC Accreditation Services is proud to award Conemaugh Miners with Chest Pain Center Accreditation.”
Hospitals receiving Chest Pain Center Accreditation from the ACC take part in a multi-faceted clinical process that involves: completing a gap analysis; examining variances of care; developing action plans; a rigorous onsite review; and monitoring for sustained success. Improved methods and strategies of caring for patients include streamlining processes, implementation 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.
“Conemaugh Miners Medical Center has been very fortunate to have had the opportunity to achieve Chest Pain Center Accreditation,” said Jessica Svidergol, MSN, RN, CCCC, Director of Nursing at Conemaugh Miners. “By achieving accreditation, we are able to provide a higher level of quality care to our patients. The staff and physicians at Conemaugh Miners have dedicated themselves to expanding their knowledge of how to better care for cardiac patients and those exhibiting signs and symptoms of a heart attack. As a result of the accreditation process, Conemaugh Miners has established a community education program. This program allows us to educate the community on various health related topics including early heart attack care. Conemaugh Miners Medical Center is truly dedicated to making communities healthier.”
The ACC and American Heart Association are collaborating to offer U.S. hospitals like Conemaugh Miners 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.