Centerpoint Medical Center (CTMC) recently received a full three-year accreditation with PCI from the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care (SCPC).  The hospital, the premier healthcare resource serving Independence and surrounding areas, is part of HCA Midwest Health System, Kansas City’s leading healthcare provider.

The Accredited Chest Pain Center at Centerpoint Medical Center has a protocol-driven and systematic approach to patient management that 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.

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. SCPC’s accreditation process ensures that centers meet or exceed quality-of-care measures in acute cardiac medicine.

The Accredited Chest Pain Center at Centerpoint Medical Center 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 an Accredited Chest Pain Center must demonstrate expertise include 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, among others.

“I am pleased that Centerpoint Medical Center has once again gained the most notable of recognitions from the SCPS,” says Dave Williams, Chief Executive Officer at Centerpoint Medical Center. “Our cardiovascular services program is focused on efficient and effective evaluation and appropriate and rapid treatment of our patients, which aligns perfectly with the standard that SCPC has provided to the healthcare community.”

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.

“I am humbled to work with the amazing teams that we have at Centerpoint Medical Center,” says Michelle Meyer, Administrative Director of Cardiovascular Services at CTMC.  “Accreditations such as these are achieved through a collaborative multidisciplinary approach with dedicated teamwork by all members of our team.”

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