West Bend, Wis. — St. Joseph’s Hospital recently earned Chest Pain Center Accreditation from the American College of Cardiology Accreditation Services 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, according to the ACC. They have streamlined their systems from admission to evaluation to diagnosis and treatment all the way through to appropriate post-discharge care and recommendations and assistance in patient lifestyle changes. Facilities that achieve accreditation meet or exceed stringent criteria, and have organized a team of doctors, nurses, clinicians and other administrative staff who support the efforts leading to better patient education and improved patient outcomes.
“St. Joseph’s Hospital has demonstrated its commitment to providing West Bend with excellent heart care,” said Phillip D. Levy, MD, FACC, chair of the ACC Accreditation Management Board.
“We’re very proud to receive this important affirmation of the level of care we provide at St. Joseph’s Hospital,” said Allen Ericson, president of St. Joseph’s Hospital. “It’s another indication of how well we carry out our mission of caring for 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 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.
Other Froedtert & MCW hospitals — Community Memorial Hospital and Froedtert Hospital — have also received Chest Pain Accreditation. In addition, the Froedtert & MCW Moorland Reserve Emergency Department has earned Cardiac Care Certification from the American College of Cardiology.