Aventura Hospital and Medical Center announces that it has received Chest Pain Center Accreditation from the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care (SCPC), an international not-for-profit organization that focuses on transforming cardiovascular care by assisting facilities in their effort to create communities of excellence that bring together quality, cost and patient satisfaction.
Hospitals that have received SCPC accreditation have achieved a higher level of expertise in dealing with patients who arrive 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 healthcare 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.
To become an Accredited Chest Pain Center, Aventura Hospital and Medical Center engaged in rigorous evaluation by SCPC for its ability to assess, diagnose, and treat patients who may be experiencing a heart attack.
“People tend to wait when they think they might be having a heart attack, and that’s a mistake,” states Julie Millar,Aventura Hospital and Medical Center’s Emergency Department Director. “The average patient arrives in the emergency department more than two hours after the onset of symptoms. Another frequent mistake that people make is having a friend or a loved one drive them to the hospital versus calling 911 and getting their care started immediately. People don’t realize that the sooner a heart attack is treated, the less damage to the heart and the better the outcome for the patient.”
The hospital’s state-of-the-art healthcare encompasses the entire continuum of care for the heart patient. By becoming an Accredited Chest Pain Center, Aventura Hospital and Medical Center has enhanced the quality of care for the cardiac patient and has demonstrated its commitment to higher standards.
For more information on SCPC, accreditation and certification opportunities, visit www.scpcp.org, or call toll free 1-877-271- 4176.