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Hospital Receives full Accreditation as Chest Pain Center with Percutaneous Coronary Intervention (PCI) Cycle III from the Society of Chest Pain Centers

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Melissa Morgan
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April 19, 2011

Bradenton, FL - In its continuous pursuit of quality cardiac care, Blake Medical Center has received full Accreditation as Chest Pain Center with Percutaneous Coronary Intervention (PCI) Cycle III from the Society of Chest Pain Centers.  This Accreditation further demonstrates our dedication to excellence and quality care to our patients, ensuring they get the treatment they need during the critical early stages of a heart attack.  Cycle III accreditation is the highest accreditation possible for treatment of chest pain by the Society of Chest Pain Centers.

“The high standards set by the society will directly benefit our patients who can be certain that our goal with our heart attack patients is to save lives, improve patient outcomes, and provide an overall strategy for cardiac care,” said Donna Disbro, Vice President of Cardiovascular Services at Blake Medical Center.“ "Our integrated approach provides timely treatment for patients experiencing chest pain, from prompt identification of symptoms to swift response from emergency medical responders, to immediate treatment in the Emergency Department and direct access to any necessary procedures in the catheterization lab,” said Disbro.

Heart attacks are the leading cause of death in the United States, with 600,000 dying annually of heart disease. More than five million Americans visit hospitals each year with chest pain. The goal of the Society of Chest Pain Centers is to significantly reduce the mortality rate of these patients by teaching the public to recognize and react to the early symptoms of a possible heart attack, reduce the time that it takes to receive treatment, and increase the accuracy and effectiveness of treatment.

“Blake Medical Center is dedicated to providing the best in heart attack care and this national designation underscores that commitment," said Daniel Friedrich, president and chief executive officer at Blake Medical Center.

The Chest Pain Center’s protocol driven and systematic approach to patient management allows physicians to reduce time to treatment during the critical early stages of a heart attack, when treatments are most effective, and to better monitor patients when it is not clear whether they are having a coronary event. Such observation helps ensure that a patient is neither sent home too early nor needlessly admitted.

Key areas in which an Accredited Chest Pain Center must demonstrate expertise 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.
  • Continually seeking to improve processes and procedures.
  • Ensuring Chest Pain Center personnel competency and training.
  • Maintaining organizational structure and commitment.
  • Having a functional design that promotes optimal patient care.
  • Supporting community outreach programs that educate the public to promptly seek medical care if they display symptoms of a possible heart attack.

Blake Medical Center is a 383-bed, acute-care, full service hospital and a leading provider of quality, affordable healthcare serving our community since 1973. Blake offers a wide range of healthcare services including: 24-hour emergency care, open-heart surgery, cancer care, joint replacement, back surgery and rehabilitation among many others. Blake is pleased to provide free health education, screenings and support groups to improve the health of our community. For information about hospital services or events or to receive a free physician referral, call 1-888-359-3552.