May 11, 2012

Sumner Regional Medical Center Achieves New Status as Accredited Chest Pain Center

Sumner Regional Medical Center today announced that it has received Chest Pain Center Accreditation from the Society of Chest Pain Centers (SCPC), 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.


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.


“We are so pleased to have achieved accreditation status at Sumner Regional,” said Jeff Seraphine, Delta Division President for LifePoint Hospitals®.  “During the last 18 months, the clinical staff and leadership team at Sumner Regional have put in a tremendous effort to enhance the hospital’s responses to cardiac patients and increase the hospital’s community outreach efforts related to heart health.  Becoming an accredited chest pain center means the communities we serve can count on their hospital to provide high quality, safe cardiac care when and where they need it.” 


To become an Accredited Chest Pain Center, Sumner Regional Medical Center (SRMC) engaged in rigorous evaluation by SCPC for its ability to assess, diagnose, and treat patients who may be experiencing a heart attack. To the community served by SRMC, 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 John Pinkston, M.D., emergency medicine physician and Medical Director of SRMC’s Emergency Department. “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.”


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



    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, or call toll free 1-877-271-4176.


    About Sumner Regional Medical Center

    Sumner Regional Medical Center, a progressive, 155-bed acute care facility in Gallatin, Tenn., is the flagship hospital of HighPoint Health System.  The hospital offers a full range of emergency, diagnostic, surgical, women’s, pediatric and rehabilitative services and has been serving the communities of Sumner County and beyond for more than 50 years. To learn more, visit



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