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St. Mary's Hospital receives accreditation as Chest Pain Center

August 12, 2014
St. Mary’s Hospital and Medical Center announces it has received Chest Pain Center Accreditation from the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care (SCPC), an international not-for-profit organization dedicated to eliminating heart disease as the number one cause of death worldwide.Chest_Pain_Center_logo_sm

Hospitals earning SCPC accreditation achieve a higher level of expertise in dealing with patients who arrive with heart attack symptoms. To become an Accredited Chest Pain Center, St. Mary’s engaged in rigorous evaluation of its heart care processes, integrating healthcare’s most successful “best practices” to reduce the time from onset of a patient’s symptoms to diagnosis and treatment.

“More than half of people suffering heart attacks experience one or more early symptoms. Too many people ignore those symptoms, and that can be a deadly mistake,” says Julie Shayne, RN, CCCC, St. Mary’s Chest Pain Center coordinator. “By learning and recognizing the early warning signs of heart attack and calling 911, no time will be wasted in getting to the hospital. The condition will be diagnosed and treatment started sooner, minimizing or even avoiding damage to their heart.”

Visit St. Mary's Heart and Vascular Services page to learn more about the only comprehensive heart and vascular program in western Colorado.