January 13, 2014


Sumner Regional Medical Center, Gallatin, Tenn.,  hasreceived full accreditation with percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) from the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care (SCPC), HighPoint Health System CEO Susan Peach has announced.


PCI, commonly known as coronary angioplasty or simply angioplasty, is a non-surgical procedure used to treat the narrowed coronary arteries of the heart found in coronary heart disease. These narrowed segments are due to the buildup of the cholesterol-laden plaques that form due to thickened arteries. PCI is performed by an interventional cardiologist in a cardiac catheterization lab at Sumner Regional Medical Center. 


“We are so pleased to have received this additional accreditation for our Chest Pain Center, but we are even more excited about what it means for Sumner County and the surrounding communities that rely on Summer Regional Medical Center,” said Peach.  “This accreditation means that at SRMC, we are achieving excellent outcomes for patients who present to our ER for acute cardiac medicine.”


Heart attacks are the leading cause of death in the United States, with 600,000 people dying annually of heart disease. More than five million Americans visit hospitals each year with chest pain. SCPC’s goal 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.


“When a patient is having a heart attack, the longer the time to treatment, the lower the chances of survival,” said Ray Pinkston, M.D., Emergency Medicine Physician at SRMC, Medical Director of the SRMC Emergency Department and Medical Director of Sumner County Emergency Medical Services.  “With this in mind, the staff, cardiologists and emergency physicians at Sumner Regional, along with Sumner County EMS, have worked diligently over the last few years to set up a system to provide the best cardiac care possible at Sumner Regional Medical Center.  This accreditation validates that we have been successful.  We can now treat patients as fast as and as well as the best hospitals in the country, right here in Sumner County.”


The Accredited 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 or not they are having a coronary event. Such observation helps ensure that patients are neither sent home too early nor needlessly admitted.

With the increase in chest pain centers came the need to establish standards designed to improve the consistency and quality of care provided to patients. SCPC’s accreditation process ensures that centers meet or exceed quality-of-care measures in acute cardiac medicine.


The Accredited Chest Pain Center at Sumner Regional Medical Center has demonstrated its expertise and commitment to quality patient care by meeting or exceeding a wide set of stringent criteria and undergoing an onsite review by a team of SPCP’s accreditation review specialists. Key areas in which an Accredited Chest Pain Center must demonstrate expertise include the following:

  • 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 the competence and training of Accredited Chest Pain Center personnel
  • 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

    About the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care

    The Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care (SCPC) 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. As the only cross-specialty organization, SCPC provides the support needed for individual hospitals and 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.



    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 www.MySumnerMedical.com.



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