April 16, 2012
Conroe Regional Medical Center (CRMC) received full accreditation with percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) from the Society of Chest Pain Centers (SCPC). The SCPC accreditation process ensures that centers such as CRMC meet or exceed quality-of-care measures in acute cardiac medicine.
With the increase in chest pain centers came the need to establish standards designed to improve the consistency and quality of care provided to patients. CRMC’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.
"Conroe Regional Medical Center is the first hospital in Montgomery County and the Northwest region to be accredited by The Society of Chest Pain Centers," said Sharla Shumaker, Executive Director of the Heart and Vascular Institute. "Our Chest Pain Accredited Emergency Center has demonstrated its expertise and commitment to quality patient care and we are proud of our team that has worked so passionately to establish our program and receive this accreditation."
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 at CRMC has demonstrated its expertise and commitment to quality patient care by meeting or exceeding a wide set of stringent criteria and undergoing an onsite review by a team of SPCP’s accreditation review specialists. Key areas in which CRMC demonstrates 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 about Conroe Regional Medical Center and the Heart and Vascular Institute, please call 936-539-7768 or visit us on the web at www.conroeregional.com
About Conroe Regional Medical Center
Conroe Regional Medical Center is a 322-bed tertiary acute care hospital that has been serving the community for more than 70 years. It provides a 24-hour Trauma III emergency care center, Level III neonatal intensive care, critical care and cardiac care services. CRMC is the first hospital in Montgomery County and the Northwest region to be accredited by The Society of Chest Pain Centers and is a Joint Commission Certified Advanced Primary Stroke Center. CRMC has a recognized women’s center, physical therapy, radiology, hyperbaric medicine diagnostic/imaging services and wound care facilities. For more information on Conroe Regional’s programs and services call 936-539-1111 or go to www.conroeregional.com.
About the Society of Chest Pain Centers
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
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