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WellSpan York Hospital receives prestigious heart care accreditation

Monday, June 06, 2016

Hospital is first in Pennsylvania to achieve Chest Pain Center with Primary PCI and Resuscitation accreditation from the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care

WellSpan Health announced today that WellSpan York Hospital has been designated as a Chest Pain Center with Primary Percutaneous Coronary Intervention (PCI) and Resuscitation by the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care (SCPC).

WellSpan York Hospital is currently the only facility in Pennsylvania and one of just 24 facilities in the country with the prestigious accreditation. 

“This exemplifies how we are truly working as one to deliver exceptional patient care,” said Keith Noll, senior vice president, WellSpan Health and president, WellSpan York Hospital. “We are proud to be the only facility in Pennsylvania with this honor, which validates the expertise and dedication of our staff.” 

WellSpan York Hospital attained the distinction following the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care’s multifaceted accreditation process, which examined areas such as early stabilization, acute care and community outreach. The accreditation indicates that a facility increases chances for positive patient outcomes due its early recognition and intervention strategies, as well as post-cardiac event treatment.

Hospitals that receive SCPC chest pain center accreditation status have achieved a higher level of expertise in dealing with patients who present with symptoms of a heart attack. They emphasize the importance of standardized diagnostic and treatment programs that provide more efficient and effective evaluation as well as more appropriate and rapid treatment of patients with chest pain and other heart attack symptoms. They also serve as a point of entry into the health care system to evaluate and treat other medical problems, and they help to promote a healthier lifestyle in an attempt to reduce the risk factors for heart attack.

By achieving SCPC’s Chest Pain Center with Primary PCI with Resuscitation Accreditation status, WellSpan York Hospital demonstrates expertise in the following areas:

• Collaborating with local emergency medical agencies on process improvement and community outreach
• Assessing, diagnosing, and treating patients quickly
• Effectively treating patients at low risk for acute coronary syndrome
• Effective resuscitation and post-emergency care protocols that reduce disability and death from cardiac and respiratory emergencies
• Continually seeking to improve processes and procedures
• Ensuring the competence and training of 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

“This accreditation demonstrates our commitment to achieving the highest standard of cardiovascular care for our patients and community,” said Cindy L DiVito, chest pain center program coordinator, WellSpan York Hospital. “We accomplish this by combining evidence-based science, quality initiatives, American College of Cardiologists and American Heart Association guidelines and clinical best-practices to provide the most effective care delivery model for our patients.”

For more information about WellSpan York Hospital’s Heart Center, visit http://tempuri.org/tempuri.html.
For more information about the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care’s Chest Pain Center with Primary Percutaneous Coronary Intervention (PCI) and Resuscitation accreditation, visit http://scpc.org/services/cpc.aspx.

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