Dr. Brad Suprenant (left) and Dr. Philip Hays (far right) recently presented Riverside Medical Center President and CEO Phil Kambic with the Heart Failure Accreditation Award. Riverside is the only one of two hospitals in Illinois and one of 22 in the country to receive the accrediation. For more information, visit .

One of only 2 hospitals in Illinois and one of 22 in the country to receive accreditation

Posted: Friday, November 19, 2010 12:00 am

If you or a loved one is experiencing heart failure, there is no better place in the region to be than Riverside Medical Center.

Riverside was recently recognized as one of only two hospitals in Illinois and one of just 22 hospitals in the United States to receive full Heart Failure Accreditation from the Society of Chest Pain Centers (SCPC).  

Riverside successfully demonstrated its protocol-driven and systematic approach to patient management. This approach allows physicians to reduce time to treatment and assess the risk levels of heart failure patients in order to decrease their stay. 

“Being one of such a select group of hospitals to earn full Heart Failure accreditation really demonstrates Riverside’s unending commitment to providing exceptional care to our patients and the community,” said Kevin Hack, Riverside Medical Center director of emergency services. 

To achieve SCPC Heart Failure Accreditation, Riverside met or exceeded a wide set of strict criteria including quality measures that improve the process of care for heart failure patients, integration with emergency medical services, personnel competencies and training throughout the system. 

Other key areas measured included:

Statistics show that heart failure is the leading cause of morbidity and mortality in the United States and approximately five million patients in the U.S. have heart failure.  In addition, heart failure is responsible for 12 to 15 million physician visits per year and 6.5 million hospitalizations annually. 

For a closer look at heart care at Riverside Medical Center, visit us on the web at

About the Society of Chest Pain Centers
Established in 1998, SCPC is a patient-centric nonprofit international organization focused on improving care for patients with heart disease. Central to SCPC’s mission is the question, “What is right for the patient?” In response, SCPC promotes protocol-based medicine, to address the diagnosis and treatment of acute coronary syndrome and heart failure and to promote the adoption of process improvement science by healthcare providers. To best fulfill this mission, SCPC provides accreditation and education to facilities striving for optimum cardiac care. SCPC is headquartered in Columbus, Ohio. For more information on SCPC and accreditation opportunities, visit, or call toll free 1-877-271-4176.


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