We’re a Nationally Accredited Chest Pain Center
Gulf Coast Regional Medical Center’s sole reason to undergo a nearly two-year process to earn distinction as a nationally-accredited Chest Pain Center focused on our patients and their wellbeing. As a result of a rigorous review and on-site evaluation, we believe our team is well equipped to provide our cardiac patients quality care that can be measured against national outcomes. Gulf Coast Regional Medical Center has held this accreditation since 2010.
In short, our goal is to provide our patients:
- Better care
- Better prognosis
- Better quality of life
- Faster treatment
- Better communication
As an Accredited Chest Pain Center, Gulf Coast Regional Medical Center ensures that patients who come to our hospital complaining of chest pain or discomfort are given the immediate treatment necessary to avoid as much heart damage as possible.
Protocol-based procedures developed by leading experts in cardiac care to reduce time to treatment in the critical early stages of a heart attack are part of Gulf Coast Regional Medical Center’s overall cardiac care service.
Gulf Coast Regional Medical Center has demonstrated its expertise and commitment to quality patient care by meeting or exceeding a wide set of stringent criteria and undergoing an onsite review by a team of Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care’s accreditation review specialists. Key areas in which an Accredited Chest Pain Center must demonstrate expertise include the following:
- Integrating the emergency department with the local emergency medical system
- Assessing, diagnosing, and treating patients quickly
- Effectively treating patients with low risk for acute coronary syndrome and no assignable cause for their symptoms
- Continually seeking to improve processes and procedures
- Ensuring the competence and training of Accredited Chest Pain Center personnel
- Maintaining organizational structure and commitment
- Having a functional design that promotes optimal patient care
- Supporting community outreach programs that educate the public to promptly seek medical care if they display symptoms of a possible heart attack
Unfortunately, people tend to wait when they think they might be having a heart attack, and that’s a mistake. The average patient arrives in the Emergency Department more than two hours after the onset of symptoms, but what they don’t know is that the sooner a heart attack is treated, the less damage to the heart and the better the outcomes. By recognizing the symptoms early and getting Early Heart Attack Care (EHAC), we can significantly improve the outcomes and, ultimately, the lives of our patients.
So, what are the early symptoms of a heart attack?
- Chest pain, burning, pressure, or squeezing
- Shortness of breath
- Abdominal pain
- Pain that travels down one or both arms
- Feeling of fullness
Remember, people may or may not experience any or all of these symptoms and the symptoms that ladies tend to experience can be less noticeable. These symptoms may come and go for days or weeks until finally becoming constant and severe.
If you or a loved one are experiencing signs and symptoms of a heart attack, please survive, don’t drive. Call 911.
If you would like to learn more, please visit our EHAC Website and take the oath at gcrmc.ehaconline.com.
About the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care
Established in 1998, the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care (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 www.scpcp.org, or call toll free (877) 271-4176.