We’re happy to share the news—all five Piedmont hospitals are now accredited Chest Pain Centers.
We pursued this accreditation because the designation is essential to saving lives. Through the process, we’ve transformed our cardiovascular care by interweaving elements of quality, cost and patient satisfaction – ultimately bridging existing gaps in the patient care continuum.
These accreditations were made possible by fundraising at several of our hospitals. At Piedmont Henry, a generous donation from the Chaparral Foundation supported the hospital’s accreditation and community outreach components as a Chest Pain Center. By establishing Early Heart Attack Care (EHAC) programs in the Piedmont Henry community, earlier access to high-quality CPR and defibrillation will be available.
At Piedmont Mountainside, more than 170 community supporters attended the first annual Save A Heart Luncheon and Fashion Show in April. They raised more than $42,000 for the hospital’s accreditation efforts.
Rounding out our fundraising efforts in support of cardiovascular care is the annual Piedmont employee giving campaign, called Count Me In. Piedmont employees raised nearly $260,000 a portion of which will go toward the purchase of a Mobile Chest Pain Lab. An advanced training facility on wheels, the lab will conveniently deliver expert heart care training to our hospitals, EMS partners and local communities. We’re excited about the impact this will have on so many in our communities.
Piedmont now has a higher level of expertise in dealing with patients who arrive with symptoms of a heart attack. Hospitals with Chest Pain Center accreditation 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.
To become an accredited Chest Pain Center, Piedmont hospitals were evaluated by the Society of Chest Pain Centers (SCPC) for their ability to assess, diagnose and treat patients who may be experiencing a heart attack. To the communities served by Piedmont, this means processes are in place that meet strict criteria aimed at: