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Trinity Medical Center Receives Chest Pain Center Accreditation

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Trinity Medical Center has received full accreditation with Percutaneous Coronary Intervention (PCI) from the Society of Chest Pain Centers (SCPC). 

"Achieving Chest Pain Center Accreditation with PCI has been a team effort.  This designation signifies the dedication and commitment of our staff to providing comprehensive care to individuals having chest pain as well as those diagnosed with heart disease," said Keith Granger, President and CEO of Trinity Medical Center.

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.

The Accredited 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 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.