St. Elizabeth, Mercy designated as Chest Pain Centers
Accreditation reflects Affinity’s superior quality of cardiac care
12 / 12 / 2007
Maria Nelson, Media Relations
Affinity Health System
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MENASHA, Wis. –
The three-year SCPC seal of accreditation certifies that the two Affinity Health System hospitals and their staffs are fully prepared to care for patients with heart attack symptoms. Successful treatment of heart attacks is time dependant and must be initiated rapidly. Additionally, the St. Elizabeth accreditation comes with a PCI designation, meaning that
“This was a rigorous accreditation process and we are honored that both Mercy and St. Elizabeth have been given this designation,” said Daniel E. Neufelder, president and chief executive officer of Affinity Health System. “Every aspect of our cardiac services was examined—from the moment the EMTs respond to a 911 call or a patient comes into our emergency room with cardiac symptoms—and the review committee found that we have a systematic approach to patient management that allows our doctors and nurses to reduce the time prior to treatment during the critical early stages of a heart attack,” Neufelder said.
Heart attacks are the leading cause of death in the United States, with 600,000 dying annually of heart disease. The goal of the Society of Chest Pain Centers is to significantly reduce the mortality rate of heart disease patients.
In receiving the accreditation, both Mercy and St. Elizabeth demonstrated expertise and commitment to quality patient care by meeting or exceeding a wide set of stringent criteria and completing on-site evaluations by a review team from the Society of Chest Pain Centers. Key areas in which the Affinity hospitals met or exceeded criteria include:
- Integrating the emergency department with the local emergency medical system.
- Assessing, diagnosing and treating patients quickly.
- Effectively treating patients with low risk for acute coronary syndrome and no assignable cause for their symptoms.
- Having a functional design that promotes optimal patient care.
- Ensuring Chest Pain Center personnel competency and training.
- Maintaining organizational structure and commitment.
- Continually seeking to improve processes and procedures.
- Supporting community outreach programs that educate the public to promptly seek medical care if they have symptoms of a possible heart attack.
The Society of Chest Pain Centers is a patient centric non-profit international professional organization focused on improving care for patients with acute coronary syndromes and other related maladies. Established in 1998, the society is dedicated to patient advocacy and focusing on ischemic heart disease. For more information on the Society of Chest Pain Centers, visit www.scpcp.org.
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For the Editor:
Affinity Health System, a faith-based regional health care network, is the Fox Valley’s second-largest employer, according to the Fox Cities Chamber of Commerce & Industry. For the fourth consecutive year, Affinity has been named one of the nation’s top 64 health systems based on clinical performance according to Thomson Reuters, a leading provider of information and solutions to improve the cost and quality of health care. For ten consecutive years, Affinity Health System has been named to the SDI (formerly Verispan) Integrated Health Network Top 100, an annual assessment of the 100 most highly integrated health care networks in the nation. Both St. Elizabeth Hospital in Appleton and Mercy Medical Center in Oshkosh rank among the top 1 percent of hospitals nationwide in terms of quality and efficiency, as determined by the 2007 Premier | CareScience Select practice National Quality Award. Members of Affinity include Mercy Medical Center and Mercy Health Foundation, Oshkosh; St. Elizabeth Hospital and the St. Elizabeth Hospital Foundation, Appleton; Affinity Medical Group, a regional network of 25 family practice and specialty clinics – 22 of which are recognized as NCQA Level III medical homes, the highest level of recognition – in 14 communities; Calumet Medical Center, Chilton; and Affinity Occupational Health.