Hospital has Full Cycle III Accreditation with PCI

Posted: Friday, November 30, 2012 12:00 am

KANKAKEE, IL (November 30, 2012) – More than 600,000 people in the United States die of heart disease each year. More than five million Americans visit hospitals each year with chest pain. Riverside Medical Center is doing its best to help those with chest pain before it’s too late.

Riverside’s Chest Pain Center recently received its reaccreditation with PCI from the Society of Chest Pain Centers. The goal of the Society of Chest Pain Centers is to significantly reduce the mortality rate of 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.

A typical treatment option for a patient who presents with chest pain due to blockage is balloon angioplasty where a balloon-tipped catheter is inserted through an artery in the groin or arm to enlarge a narrowing in a coronary artery.

“Statistics show that if you can open up the artery within 90 minutes, the patient’s long-term success rate is excellent. Riverside’s benchmark is within 60 minutes and many times we are well below that,” said Christine Langellier, ER nurse manager.

The Chest Pain Center’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 they are having a coronary event. Such observation helps ensure that a patient is neither sent home too early nor needlessly admitted.

“To earn this designation, Riverside demonstrated a commitment to the process of chest pain care from   pre-hospital, through the Emergency department, the Cardiac Cath Lab and the inpatient units,” said Langellier.  “It also continues with Cardiac Rehabilitation and community education.”

The Chest Pain Center at Riverside Medical Center has demonstrated its expertise and commitment to quality patient care by meeting or exceeding a wide set of stringent criteria and completing on-site evaluations by a review team from the Society of Chest Pain Centers.  Key areas in which a Chest Pain Center must demonstrate expertise include:

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