McKINNEY (July 10, 2015) — Medical Center of McKinney (MCM) received full Chest Pain Center with PCI Accreditation from the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care (SCPC). MCM has been an accredited Chest Pain Center since 2005.
“Receiving the highest level Chest Pain Center accreditation is proof that Medical Center of McKinney is exceeding expectations when it comes to treatment of heart attacks,” said Ernest C. Lynch, III, Medical Center of McKinney CEO. “Our emergency room and cath lab teams are trained to be responsive to quickly identifying and initiating treatment for heart attacks.”
Heart attacks are the leading cause of death in the United States, with 600,000 people dying annually of heart disease. More than five million Americans visit hospitals each year with chest pain. SCPC’s goal 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.
“We go above and beyond what’s required to provide the most advanced care to our patients, and this accreditation supports the processes we have in place to quickly treat heart attack patients, and to provide the best, most advanced care available,” said Craig Turner, RN, director of cardiology services at MCM.
An Accredited Chest Pain Center’s evidence-based, protocol-driven and systematic approach to cardiac patient care allows clinicians to reduce time to treatment during the critical early stages of a heart attack. 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.
With the increase in chest pain centers came the need to establish standards and adopt best practices designed to improve the consistency and quality of care provided to patients. SCPC’s CPC Accreditation process ensures that hospitals meet or exceed a wide set of stringent criteria and undergo a comprehensive onsite review by a team of accreditation review specialists. Hospitals that received SCPC CPC Accreditation status have achieved a higher level of expertise in dealing with patients who arrive with symptoms of a heart attack.
By achieving SCPC’s Chest Pain Center with PCI Accreditation status, Medical Center of McKinney demonstrated expertise in the following areas:
- Integrating the emergency department with the local emergency medical system
- Assessing, diagnosing, and treating patients quickly
- Effectively treating patients with low risk for acute coronary syndrome and no assignable cause for their symptoms
- Continually seeking to improve processes and procedures
- Ensuring the competence and training of Accredited Chest Pain Center personnel
- Maintaining organizational structure and commitment
- Having 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
About the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care
The Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care (SCPC) is an international nonprofit organization that focuses on transforming cardiovascular care by assisting facilities in their effort to create cardiovascular centers of excellence that deliver quality, cost and patient satisfaction. As the only cross-specialty organization, SCPC provides the support needed for individual hospitals and hospital systems to effectively reduce variations of care and bridge existing gaps in treatment by providing the tools, education and support necessary to improve patient outcomes. For more information on SCPC’s accreditation and certification opportunities, visit scpc.org, or call toll free 1-877-271-4176.
About Medical Center of McKinney
Medical Center of McKinney (MCM) is a growing 260-bed hospital with a 90-year history of serving the health care needs of McKinney and the surrounding communities. Over the past several years, MCM has strengthened its medical foundations by adding two new surgical robots, a newly remodeled labor and delivery suites, a Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), an advanced biplane catheterization (cath) lab to treat heart rhythm disorders, and opening the McKinney Senior Health Clinic, which is designed specifically for individuals over the age of 65 on Medicare. Medical Center of McKinney is part of the HCA North Texas Division of hospitals. Medical Center of McKinney recently expanded its services to the community with the addition of a new off-campus emergency department at U.S. Highway 380 and Custer Road. For more information, visit medicalcenterofmckinney.com.