The Chest Pain Center at Shawnee Mission Medical Center (SMMC) has earned Re-accreditation for Chest Pain with Percutaneous Coronary Intervention (PCI, commonly known as angioplasty) from the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care (SCPC), and was also recognized with two awards from the American Heart Association.
An Accredited Chest Pain Center's evidence-based, protocol-driven and systematic approach to cardiac patient care allows clinicians to reduce time by providing treatment during the early stages of a heart attack. Accredited Chest Pain Centers better monitor patients when it is not clear whether or not a patient is having a coronary event. Such monitoring ensures patients are neither sent home too early nor needlessly admitted.
Full accreditation with PCI from the SCPC is achieved by demonstrating expertise in the following areas:
In addition, SMMC was honored with the Get With The Guidelines®-Heart Failure Gold Quality Achievement Award for implementing specific quality improvement measures outlined by the American Heart Association/American College of Cardiology Foundation's secondary prevention guidelines for patients with heart failure. Get With The Guidelines-Heart Failure is a quality improvement program that helps hospital teams provide the most up-to-date, research-based guidelines with the goal of faster recovery and reducing hospital readmissions for heart failure patients.
Furthermore, SMMC was recognized by the American Heart Association and the American College of Cardiology as a Mission: Lifeline STEMI Receiving Center – Gold Plus Achievement Award. ST-Elevation Myocardial Infarction (STEMI) is a very serious type of heart attack during which one of the heart's major arteries (one of the arteries that supplies oxygen and nutrient-rich blood to the heart muscle) is blocked. The award recognizes the training and procedures SMMC has put in place to treat patients suffering from this type of attack.
"Shawnee Mission Health is dedicated to improving the quality of care for our cardiology patients. The steps we take toward earning SCPC Chest Pain Center Accreditation status and recognition from the American Heart Association help to improve patient outcomes and demonstrate the dedication of our incredible staff," said Vickie Franck, executive director for Shawnee Mission Heart & Vascular Services.