Chest Pain Center Receives Accreditation

Cabell Huntington Hospital (CHH) has again received Chest Pain Accreditation with Primary PCI (Percutaneous Coronary Intervention) Accreditation from the American College of Cardiology (ACC). This accreditation demonstrates expertise in caring for patients who arrive at the hospital with symptoms of a heart attack. CHH has received this accreditation since 2016.

“Our focus on providing the latest technology and best practice procedures has allowed us to achieve this national cardiac designation for patients,” said Kevin Fowler, president and CEO of CHH. “This accreditation symbolizes our commitment to providing the most effective response and treatment for chest pain. I am proud of our entire team who is CPCpci ACC seal2committed to providing the highest level emergency cardiac care services. 

Heart attacks are the leading cause of death in the United States, claiming the lives of 600,000 people annually due to heart disease. More than five million Americans visit hospitals each year with chest pain. Hospitals that have earned ACC Chest Pain Center with Primary PCI Accreditation have proven exceptional competency in treating patients with heart attack symptoms and have primary PCI available 24/7 every day of the year.

As required to meet the criteria of the accreditation designation, CHH has streamlined systems from admission to evaluation to diagnosis and treatment all the way to appropriate post-discharge care and recommendations and assistance in patient lifestyle changes. In addition, CHH has formal agreements with other facilities that regularly refer heart attack patients to their facility for primary PCI.

“Cabell Huntington Hospital has demonstrated its commitment to providing the Tri-State with excellent heart care,” said Phillip D. Levy, MD, FACC, chair of the ACC Accreditation Management Board. “ACC Accreditation Services is proud to award Cabell Huntington Hospital with Chest Pain Center with Primary PCI Accreditation.”

Hospitals receiving Chest Pain Center with Primary PCI Accreditation from the ACC must take part in a multi-faceted clinical process that involves:

  • completing a gap analysis;
  • examining variances of care;
  • developing an action plan;
  • a rigorous onsite review; and
  • monitoring for sustained success. 

Improved methods and strategies of caring for patients include streamlining processes, implementing guidelines and standards, and adopting best practices in the care of patients experiencing the signs and symptoms of a heart attack. Facilities that achieve accreditation meet or exceed an array of stringent criteria and have organized a team of doctors, nurses, clinicians, and other administrative staff that earnestly support the efforts leading to better patient education and improved patient outcomes.

 “Education and awareness saves lives,” said Katherine Cunningham, chest pain coordinator at Cabell Huntington Hospital. “We are continually talking to our patients, staff and community to share information on warning signs of a heart attack and what to do if someone is exhibiting these signs. Achieving this accreditation highlights the quality of the care we provide: We are proud to be recognized for our efforts.” 

To learn more about Cabell Huntington Hospital’s Cardiology Services visit cabellhuntington.org.