TriStar Centennial Medical Center Receives Full Chest Pain Center Reaccreditation with PCI

August 28, 2012

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (August 28, 2012) – TriStar Centennial Medical Center in Nashville, Tenn., is pleased to announce that it received full chest pain center reaccreditation with PCI from the Society of Chest Pain Centers (SCPC) on August 22, 2012. Accreditation is valid for three years.

“This important accreditation signifies TriStar Centennial Medical Center’s commitment to delivering the highest level of care for our patients who suffer from cardiac disease,” said Joseph Mazzo, vice president of clinical operations for TriStar Centennial. “Our emergency department and heart care team members work diligently every day to provide and enhance the timely, quality care we provide patients in the critical minutes following a heart attack.”

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.

The Accredited Chest Pain Center’s protocol-driven and systematic approach to patient management allows physicians to reduce time to treatment during the critical early stages of a heart attack, when treatments are most effective, and to better monitor patients when it is not clear whether or not they are having a coronary event. Such observation helps ensure that patients are neither sent home too early nor needlessly admitted to the hospital.

With the increase in chest pain centers around the country came the need to establish standards designed to improve the consistency and quality of care provided to patients. SCPC’s accreditation process ensures that centers meet or exceed quality-of-care measures in acute cardiac medicine.

“TriStar Centennial is constantly seeking opportunities to improve our processes that can decrease the amount of time it takes to provide life-saving heart care, including strategic facility design and adopting the latest technology,” said Thomas Herron, CEO of TriStar Centennial. “This accreditation symbolizes our commitment to advancing and providing the best heart attack care possible for patients in Nashville and Middle Tennessee. Residents can see our accreditation as reassurance that they can count on our team when they need life-saving heart care.”

The new TriStar Centennial Heart & Vascular Center, which opened in February 2012, was designed to allow faster movement of a patient from the emergency room directly to the catheterization laboratory where interventional cardiologists and their teams can quickly begin providing care. TriStar Centennial is also one of the first and only Nashville hospitals to use AirStrip CARDIOLOGY, an innovative mobile health application that allows cardiologists to view a potential heart attack victim’s heart data from emergency medical service personnel on a mobile device before the patient even arrives at the hospital.

The SCPC said that the Accredited Chest Pain Center at TriStar Centennial Medical Center demonstrated its expertise and commitment to quality patient care by meeting or exceeding a wide set of stringent criteria. The center underwent an onsite review by a team of SPCP’s accreditation review specialists. Key areas in which an Accredited Chest Pain Center must demonstrate expertise include 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

For more information on the hospital’s chest pain center and heart care, visit TriStarHealth.com and select and TriStar Centennial Medical Center.

Celebrating 44 years of providing quality healthcare to Nashville, Middle Tennessee and the surrounding region, TriStar Centennial Medical Center is a 657-bed comprehensive facility offering medical and surgical programs including behavioral health, 24-hour emergency, heart and vascular, imaging, neurosciences, oncology, orthopaedics, pediatrics, rehabilitation, sleep disorder, and women’s services. An affiliate of TriStar Health, TriStar Centennial Medical Center is home to TriStar Centennial Sarah Cannon Cancer Center, TriStar Centennial Women’s & Children’s, TriStar Centennial Heart & Vascular Center as well as TriStar Centennial Parthenon Pavilion, one of the oldest and largest full-service psychiatric facilities in the region. Round-the-clock care is also available at TriStar Ashland City, a critical access hospital in nearby Cheatham County. The new TriStar Emergency Room located in Spring Hill will provide 24-hour emergency care for nearby Spring Hill, Tenn., and surrounding communities when it opens in 2013. For more information about the services offered and health plans accepted by TriStar Centennial Medical Center or TriStar Health, call TriStar MedLine® at (615) 342-1919 or (800) 242-5662, or visit TriStarHealth.com and choose TriStar Centennial Medical Center. TriStar Centennial Medical Center is located at 2300 Patterson Street in Nashville.

The Society of Chest Pain Centers (SCPC) is 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. As the only cross-specialty organization, SCPC provides the support needed for individual hospitals and hospital systems to effectively bridge existing gaps in treatment by providing the tools, education and support necessary to successfully navigate the changing face of healthcare. For more information on SCPC, accreditation and certification opportunities, visit www.scpcp.org, or call toll free 1-877-271-4176.

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