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Several IU Health hospitals achieve Chest Pain Center accreditation

Prestigious designation validates high level of skill in quickly treating patients with heart attack symptoms.

| IndianapolisWhen someone experiences the warning signs of a potential heart attack, fast action and a hospital’s level of expertise can make all the difference. A special designation is making it easier for the public to identify those hospitals that excel at providing timely treatment for heart problems.

On Friday, Dec. 20, Indiana University Health officially became one of the few hospital systems in the nation to have several of its hospitals achieve simultaneous System Chest Pain Center accreditation from the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care.

Chest Pain Center accreditation is an exclusive, highly sought after seal of approval given only to hospitals that demonstrate excellence in quickly evaluating and treating individuals experiencing chest pain and other symptoms of a heart attack. Accredited Chest Pain Centers have efficient, well-run processes in place combined with a high level of expertise to ensure fast, accurate diagnoses and shorter door-to-treatment times. Such centers also have better outcomes for patients with heart attack symptoms, according to a national study published in The American Journal of Cardiology.

Hospitals seeking to become fully accredited Chest Pain Centers must follow strict criteria, meet high performance standards and undergo ongoing evaluation to ensure processes are constantly evaluated, measured and improved. Such hospitals must also have outreach programs dedicated to educating the public about when to seek immediate medical attention if they experience warning signs of a possible heart attack.

IU Health’s System Chest Pain Center accreditation marks the first time the Society has simultaneously granted this prestigious designation to such a large number of hospitals within one system. Nine IU Health hospitals participated in this recent initiative to become accredited Chest Pain Centers:

Indiana University Health Bloomington, Methodist, North, and West Hospitals previously were awarded designation as accredited Chest Pain Centers. IU Health North and West Hospitals have been accredited since 2011, IU Health Bloomington and Methodist Hospitals have been accredited since 2008 and IU Health Arnett Hospital in Lafayette received Chest Pain Center designation earlier this year.

IU Health now has a total of 10 such centers within its system.

Accredited IU Health hospitals incorporated the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care’s evidence-based performance measures and participated in a series of rigorous, in-depth tests designed to improve processes to ensure patients with heart problems receive cost-effective, accurate diagnoses and immediate treatment. The process also required each hospital to participate in a series of site visits by clinical review specialists affiliated with the Society.

“Patients can be assured that, no matter which of our accredited Chest Pain Centers they choose, they will find a consistent standard of high-quality expertise best suited to treat their heart problems,” said Holly Cook, manager of IU Health’s Cardiovascular Level One Programs and coordinator for the Chest Pain Center at IU Health Methodist Hospital.

The Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care, an international body of experts in areas ranging from cardiology to emergency medicine, is dedicated to helping hospitals improve their quality and processes to significantly reduce the number of people who die from heart disease—the leading killer of Americans.

IU Health is home to Indiana’s only nationally ranked cardiovascular program to appear on U.S.News and World Report’s 2013-2014 edition of Best Hospitals.

About Indiana University Health
Named among the “Best Hospitals in America” by U.S. News & World Report for 16 consecutive years, Indiana University Health is dedicated to providing a unified standard of preeminent, patient-centered care. A unique partnership with Indiana University School of Medicine – one of the nation’s leading medical schools – gives our highly skilled physicians access to innovative treatments using the latest research and technology. Discover the strength at iuhealth.org.

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