(Coshocton, Ohio – Sept. 18, 2018) – The American College of
Cardiology (ACC) has recognized Coshocton Regional Medical Center for
its demonstrated expertise and commitment in treating patients with chest
pain. The hospital was awarded Chest Pain Center Accreditation in August
based on rigorous onsite evaluation of the staff’s ability to evaluate,
diagnose and treat patients who may be experiencing a heart attack.
Hospitals that have earned ACC Chest Pain Center Accreditation have proven
exceptional competency in treating patients with heart attack symptoms.
They have streamlined their systems from admission to evaluation to diagnosis
and treatment and all the way through to appropriate post-discharge care,
with recommendations and assistance in patient lifestyle changes.
Hospitals receiving Chest Pain Center Accreditation from the ACC must take
part in a multi-faceted clinical process that involves completing a current-state
analysis and implementing care processes that meet or exceed national
standards of care; undergoing a rigorous onsite review; and monitoring
for sustained success. Improved methods and strategies of caring for patients
include streamlining processes, implementing of guidelines and standards,
and adopting best practices in the care of patients experiencing the signs
and symptoms of a heart attack. Facilities that achieve accreditation
through the work of an organized a team of doctors, nurses, clinicians,
EMS and other administrative staff reflect a strong commitment to efforts
that lead to better patient education and improved patient outcomes.
“Our Chest Pain Center Accreditation represents more than a year’s
efforts in analyzing all aspects of chest pain care and the implementation
of national standards that meet best practices for cardiac care,”
said Stephanie D. Conn, Coshocton Regional Medical Center CEO. “Our
accreditation verifies that we use the best methods and practices in heart
care to ensure our patients receive the right care at the right time to
minimize heart damage and begin the journey to healing.”
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than
730,000 Americans suffer a heart attack each year. The most common symptom
of a heart attack for both men and women is chest pain or discomfort.
However, women are more likely to have atypical symptoms including, but
not limited to, tingling or discomfort in one or both arms, back, shoulder,
neck or jaw; shortness of breath; cold sweat; unexplained exhaustion;
heartburn-like feeling; nausea or vomiting; sudden dizziness and fainting.
“When signs or symptoms of a heart attack occur, we strongly encourage
patients to call 9-1-1,” said Josef D. Lowe, MD, Medical Director
of Emergency Services at Coshocton Regional Medical Center. “The
EMTs and Paramedics can initiate care and get you quickly to the hospital
for assessment, medication, and further treatment as necessary. If you
are experiencing a heart event, time matters and our goal is to provide
national standards of care quickly and efficiently to prevent damage to
the heart muscle.”
Coshocton Regional Medical Center is a member of the Prime Healthcare Foundation.
Prime Healthcare hospitals are regularly recognized for high quality care
and the health system is one of the fastest growing hospital systems in
the United States.