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November 9, 2011

Fisher-Titus Medical Center Achieves New Status as Accredited Chest Pain Center

Spragg-Cherie.jpgFisher-Titus Medical Center has received Chest Pain Center Accreditation from the Society of Chest Pain Centers (SCPC), according to Cherie Spragg, senior vice president of nursing services at Fisher-Titus Medical Center.

"To become an Accredited Chest Pain Center, Fisher-Titus engaged in rigorous evaluation by SCPC for its ability to assess, diagnose, and treat patients who may be experiencing a heart attack," Spragg said.

To the community served by Fisher-Titus, this means that processes are in place that meet strict criteria aimed at:

  • Reducing the time from onset of symptoms to diagnosis and treatment
  • Treating patients more quickly during the critical window of time when the integrity of the heart muscle can be preserved
  • Monitoring patients when it is not certain that they are having a heart attack to ensure that they are not sent home too quickly or needlessly admitted to the hospital

"People tend to wait when they think they might be having a heart attack, and that's a mistake," said Spragg. "The average patient arrives in the emergency department more than two hours after the onset of symptoms, but what they don't realize is that the sooner a heart attack is treated, the less damage to the heart and the better the outcome for the patient."

Hospitals that have received SCPC accreditation have achieved a higher level of expertise in dealing with patients who arrive with symptoms of a heart attack. They 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. They also serve as a point of entry into the healthcare system to evaluate and treat other medical problems, and they help to promote a healthier lifestyle in an attempt to reduce the risk factors for heart attack.

Fisher-Titus Medical Center's state-of-the-art health care encompasses the entire continuum of care for the heart patient and includes such focal points as dispatch, Emergency Medical System, emergency department, cath lab, quality assurance plan, and the medical center's community outreach program. By becoming an Accredited Chest Pain Center, Fisher-Titus Medical Center has enhanced the quality of care for the cardiac patient and has demonstrated its commitment to higher standards.

The SPOC is an international not-for-profit organization that focuses on transforming cardiovascular care by assisting facilities in their effort to create communities of excellence that bring together quality, cost and patient satisfaction.

About Fisher-Titus Medical Center

Fisher-Titus Medical Center serves Norwalk, Huron County and the region with the latest medical advancements providing the area's 70,000-plus residents a full continuum of care. As a non-profit community hospital, Fisher-Titus offers patients the most advanced technology and medical treatment possible while providing the highest level of personal care. Fisher-Titus is recognized as an Accredited Chest Pain Center, a Primary Stroke Center and a Level 3 Trauma Center. The Medical Center also was named among Modern Healthcare's Top 100 Best Places to Work for three consecutive years and Best Cancer Care by the American College of Surgeons, Commission on Cancer Approval with Seven Commendations in 2011.

In 2010 Fisher-Titus became the nation's first all-digital "smart" community hospital after implementing a fully integrated electronic health record system and interactive technology in patient rooms. Powered by Cerner, the system advanced Fisher-Titus to the top 5% of the most automated and safest hospitals in the nation and created the infrastructure to build a connected health network in the region.

About the Society of Chest Pain Centers

The Society of Chest Pain Centers (SCPC) is an international not-for-profit organization whose mission is to transform cardiovascular care by assisting facilities in their effort to create communities of excellence that bring together quality, cost and patient satisfaction. As the only cross-specialty Society, SCPC provides the support needed for hospital systems to effectively bridge existing gaps in treatment by providing the tools, education and support necessary to successfully navigate the changing face of healthcare. For more information on SCPC, accreditation and certification opportunities, visit www.scpcp.org, or call toll free 1-877-271-4176.