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Published on August 02, 2012

Spartanburg Regional's Chest Pain Center achieves first-in-the-state accreditation

After rigorous review of standards, protocols, Society of Chest Pain Centers cites accuracy, speed of treatment in hospital’s emergency cardiac care

Spartanburg Regional's Chest Pain Center is the first hospital in South Carolina to earn the latest accreditation from the Society of Chest Pain Centers, an agency that grades the effectiveness of cardiac facilities across the United States.

The center, located in Spartanburg Regional's Emergency and Heart centers, received the Cycle III accreditation following a lengthy and rigorous review process by a team of experts in cardiac care.

Accreditation is based on an evolving set of criteria that changes every three years. The society is currently in its third cycle of accreditations, which it began in 2003. Since that time, Spartanburg Regional has consistently achieved the triennial accreditation, and has been the first hospital in the state to do so during each of the society’s successive review periods.

Receiving a full "Cycle III" accreditation validates the hard work that has gone into making Spartanburg Regional the home of the state’s best Chest Pain Center, said Jennifer Smith, RN, Chest Pain Center Coordinator.

"This is a wonderful asset to not only the hospital but to our community," Smith said. "We are proud to receive this designation and will continue working to provide the best cardiac care in the Upstate. This accreditation is certainly the result of a team-centered approach to care."

Heart attacks are the leading cause of death in the United States, with 600,000 dying annually of heart disease. More than five million Americans visit hospitals each year with chest pain. The goal of the Society of Chest Pain Centers 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 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 they are having a coronary event. Such observation helps ensure that a patient is neither sent home too early nor needlessly admitted.

With the rise of Chest Pain Centers came the need to establish standards designed to improve the consistency and quality of care provided to patients. The Society’s accreditation process ensures centers meet or exceed quality-of-care measures in acute cardiac medicine.

The Chest Pain Center at Spartanburg Regional has demonstrated its expertise and commitment to quality patient care by meeting or exceeding a wide set of stringent criteria and completing on-site evaluations by a review team from the Society of Chest Pain Centers.

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