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For Release: November 10, 2010

Contact:
Amy Kilgore 330.344.6014, akilgore@agmc.org
Jim Gosky 330.344.6083, jgosky@agmc.org

Akron General receives Chest Pain Center re-accreditation and ICAEL re-accreditation
Akron General has Summit County's only accredited Chest Pain Center

Akron General has again received full accreditation with PCI (percutaneous coronary intervention) from the Society of Chest Pain Centers (SCPC), an international organization dedicated to eliminating heart disease as the number one cause of death worldwide. Hospitals that receive SCPC accreditation achieve a higher level of expertise in dealing with patients who arrive with symptoms of a heart attack. They 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. Accredited Chest Pain Centers also serve as a point of entry into the healthcare 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.

Accreditation with PCI means that the Chest Pain Center also meets national standards for more aggressive treatment approach using cardiac catheterization (angioplasty), versus medical treatment alone, to clear the blockage and rapidly re-establish blood flow to the heart to minimize damage or avoid heart attack.

To receive this high accreditation, Akron General engaged in rigorous evaluation by SCPC for its ability to assess, diagnose and treat patients who may be experiencing a heart attack. To the community, 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 there is a possibility of a heart attack to ensure that they are not sent home too quickly or needlessly admitted to the hospital

Recent statistics for 2010 indicate that Akron General consistently provides critical treatment for patients suffering a type of heart attack that can be especially damaging to the heart muscle, a ST-Elevation Myocardial Infarction (STEMI), well under the 90-minute guideline recommended by the American College of Cardiology. Data compiled through October 2010 reveal Akron General's median time from the patient's arrival to the restoration of blood flow (reperfusion) through the patients blocked artery is only 64 minutes (ACTION Registry-GWTG).

In addition to Chest Pain Center re-accreditation, Akron General's Cardiac Testing Department recently received re-accreditation from the Intersocietal Commission for the Accreditation of Echocardiography Laboratories (ICAEL). ICAEL has granted the Cardiac Testing Department full accreditation in Adult Transthoracic Echocardiography, Adult Transesophageal Echocardiography and Adult Stress Echocardiography.

Pursuing and receiving specialized accreditation takes great team effort and dedication, and once again shows Akron General continues to be a leader in high quality heart care.

Akron General Health System is a not-for-profit healthcare organization with the mission of improving the health and lives of patients and the community. Akron General Health System includes: Akron General Medical Center, a 511-bed teaching and research medical center, and Edwin Shaw Rehabilitation Institute, the area's largest provider of rehabilitation services; Akron General Partners, which includes Partners Physician Group, the Akron General Health & Wellness Centers, Lodi Community Hospital, Community Health Centers and other companies; Akron General Community Health Ventures, which includes Visiting Nurse Service and Affiliates, the largest and most comprehensive provider of home healthcare services in Ohio, and Rose Lane Health Center; and Akron General Development Foundation. For more information about about Akron General Health System, visit about Akron General.


Date Updated: 11-NOV-2010



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