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St. John accredited as chest pain center


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September 06, 2012
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. When these patients come to St. John Hospital, they are treated by the hospital's re-accreditated staff at the hospital's chest pain center.


The re-accreditation comes after a thorough review of the hospital's procedures to reduce time to treatment during the critical early stages of a heart attack, when treatments are most effective, and its procedures to monitor patients when it is not clear whether or not they are having a coronary event.

Such observation helps ensure patients are neither sent home too early nor needlessly admitted.

The Society of Chest Pain Centers has deemed St. John Hospital has again demonstrated the following:

* 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.


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