St. Joseph’s Health Receives ACC Chest Pain Center with Primary PCI and Resuscitation Accreditation

St. Joseph’s Health Receives ACC Chest Pain Center with Primary PCI and Resuscitation Accreditation

Accreditation recognizes expertise and resources for patients with heart attack symptoms

SYRACUSE, N.Y.— (April 13, 2023) The American College of Cardiology has recognized St. Joseph’s Health Hospital for its demonstrated expertise and commitment in treating patients with chest pain. St. Joseph’s Health was awarded Chest Pain Center Accreditation with Primary PCI and Resuscitation, based on rigorous onsite evaluation of the staff’s ability to evaluate, diagnose, and treat patients who may be experiencing a heart attack.

Percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) is also known as coronary angioplasty. It is a non-surgical procedure that opens narrowed or blocked coronary arteries with a balloon to relieve symptoms of heart disease or reduce heart damage during or after a heart attack.

“Receiving the ACC Chest Pain Center Accreditation further underscores that St. Joseph’s Health Hospital is one of the premier heart care facilities in the country,” said Kimberly Whigham-Barr, Director for Invasive/Non-invasive Cardiovascular Operations for St. Joseph’s Health. “This designation is evidence of our clinician’s expertise and commitment to delivering the highest quality cardiac care to our patients.”

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. Other heart attack symptoms include, but are not limited to, tingling or discomfort in one or both arms, back, shoulder, neck or jaw, shortness of breath, cold sweat, unusual tiredness, heartburn-like feeling, nausea or vomiting, sudden dizziness, and fainting.

Hospitals that have earned ACC Chest Pain Center with Primary PCI and Resuscitation Accreditation have proven exceptional competency in treating patients with heart attack symptoms and have primary PCI available 24/7 every day of the year. As required to meet the criteria of the accreditation designation, they comply with standard Chest Pain Center protocols and are equipped with a robust hypothermia program for post-cardiac arrest treatment. These facilities also maintain a “No Diversion Policy” for out-of-hospital cardiac arrest patients.

“St. Joseph’s Health Hospital has demonstrated its commitment to providing Syracuse, NY with excellent heart care,” said Deepak L. Bhatt, MD, MPH, FACC, chair of the ACC Accreditation Management Board. “ACC Accreditation Services is proud to award St. Joseph’s Health with Chest Pain Center with Primary PCI and Resuscitation Accreditation.”

Hospitals receiving Chest Pain Center with Primary PCI and Resuscitation Accreditation from the ACC must take part in a multi-faceted clinical process that involves completing a gap analysis; examining variances of care, developing an action plan; 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 meet or exceed an array of stringent criteria and have organized a team of doctors, nurses, clinicians, and other administrative staff that earnestly support the efforts leading to better patient education and improved patient outcomes.

St. Joseph’s Health was also named a Best Regional Hospital in 2022-2023 by U.S. News & World Report for the eighth consecutive year and one of only seven hospitals in the U.S. to receive the Mitral Valve Repair Reference Center Award from the American Heart Association and the Mitral Foundation demonstrating superior clinical outcomes resulting from evidence-based, guideline-directed degenerative mitral valve repair.

The ACC offers U.S. and international hospitals like St. Joseph’s Health Hospital access to a comprehensive suite of cardiac accreditation services designed to optimize patient outcomes and improve hospital financial performance. These services are focused on all aspects of cardiac care, including emergency treatment of heart attacks.

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