LONG BRANCH, NJ — Monmouth Medical Center recently was awarded a national accreditation that signifies the hospital has achieved a higher level of expertise in dealing with patients who arrive with symptoms of a heart attack.
After a very thorough review of Monmouth Medical Center’s policies, procedures, practices and extensive data, a Society of Chest Pain Centers (SCPC) surveyor recommended that Monmouth receive full accreditation by the Society of Chest Pain Centers – Cycle III.
Monmouth Medical Center has received Cycle I and Cycle II accreditation in previous years and achieving Cycle III is further evidence that the physicians, cardiologists, nurses, pharmacists, radiology technicians, and laboratory staff are dedicated to providing evidenced-based cardiology care to our patients in a safe environment, says Frank J. Vozos, M.D., FACS, executive director of Monmouth Medical Center
“MMC’s state-of-the-art health care encompasses the entire continuum of care for cardiac patients and includes such focal points as dispatch, Emergency Medical System, emergency department and cath lab, as well as our Heart Failure Management Program and quality assurance plan and community outreach programs,” says. “By becoming a Level III Accredited Chest Pain Center, Monmouth has enhanced the quality of care for the cardiac patient and has demonstrated its commitment to higher standards.”
SCPC is an international organization dedicated to eliminating heart disease as the No. 1 cause of death worldwide. 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.
SCPC-accredited hospitals 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.
Dr. Vozos notes that Monmouth was recognized for its ability to assess, diagnose and treat patients who may be experiencing a heart attack. To the community we serve, he says, this means that processes are in place that meet strict criteria aimed at:
- Reducing the time from onset of symptoms to diagnosis and treatment
- Treating patients more quickly during the critical window of time when the integrity of the heart muscle can be preserved
- Monitoring patients when it is not certain that they are having a heart attack to ensure that they are not sent home too quickly or needlessly admitted to the hospital
For Monmouth this news comes on the heels of its receipt of the Get With The Guidelines®– Heart Failure Bronze Quality Achievement Award from the American Heart Association — recognition that signifies the hospital has reached an aggressive goal of treating heart failure patients for at least 90 days with 85 percent compliance to core standard levels of care outlined by the American Heart Association/American College of Cardiology secondary prevention guidelines for heart failure patients.
To learn more about cardiac services at Monmouth Medical Center, call 888-724-7123.
Date: October 5, 2011
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