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Jackson Hospital Achieves New Status as Accredited Chest Pain Center

Hospital news | Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Montgomery, AL- Jackson Hospital announces that it has received Chest Pain Center Accreditation 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 have received SCPC accreditation have achieved 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. They 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.

On Wednesday, Feb. 16, Jackson Hospital will be recognized for becoming the first accredited chest pain center in Montgomery. The presentation will be held from 2-4pm in the lobby. The media is urged to attend this special recognition.

To become an Accredited Chest Pain Center, Jackson Hospital 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 served by Jackson Hospital, 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 it is not certain that they are having a heart attack to ensure that they are not sent home too quickly or needlessly admitted to the hospital

“It was a remarkable collaboration of physicians, nursing and ancillary staff, with the support of administration,” said Frank Cunningham, RN, director of emergency services. “After months of planning, yielding many process changes, our staff brought this accreditation to fruition.”

Jackson Hospital’s state-of-the-art healthcare encompasses the entire continuum of care for the heart patient and includes such focal points as dispatch, Emergency Medical System, emergency department, catheterization lab, Jackson’s quality assurance plan, and community outreach program.

By becoming an Accredited Chest Pain Center, Jackson Hospital has enhanced the quality of care for the cardiac patient and has demonstrated its commitment to higher standards.

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, often delivered through a chest pain center model, 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. -###-