December 19, 2014

RIVERVIEW REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER ACHIEVES CHEST PAIN CENTER ACCREDITATION

Riverview Regional Medical Center today announced that it has received full accreditation status from the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care (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.


“We are so pleased to have achieved accreditation status at Riverview Regional,” said Rod Harkleroad, Chief Executive Officer of Riverview Regional Medical Center.  “The clinical staff and leadership team at Riverview 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.” 

 

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.

 

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 Riverview 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
  • Having at least one core measure set that had a composite rate of 95 percent or above, and (within that measure set) all applicable individual accountability measures had a performance rate of 95 percent or above.


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 Riverview Regional Medical Center

Riverview Regional Medical Center (RRMC) is a 25-bed critical access hospital in Carthage, Tenn.  RRMC offers healthcare to residents of Smith and surrounding counties, including general medical and surgical care, 24-hour emergency and diagnostic services, outpatient rehabilitation, inpatient geriatric-psychiatric services, skilled nursing, diagnostic sleep services and geriatric care.  RRMC is a hospital of HighPoint Health System.  To learn more, visit www.MyRiverviewMedical.com.

 

 

 

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