Fairfield Medical Center
Public Relations Specialist
LANCASTER, Ohio (May 30, 2012) – Fairfield Medical Center was recently recognized internationally as an Accredited Chest Pain Center by the Society of Chest Pain Centers (SCPC). Hospitals that receive the SCPC accreditation have achieved a higher level of expertise in dealing with patients who arrive with symptoms of a heart attack.
From left, Joshua Williams, FMC Cardiac Cath Lab Special Procedures Tech; Maura Helser, FMC Emergency Dept. Registered Nurse; Dave Medaugh, Lancaster Fire Dept. Lieutenant; Dr. Jeremy Buckley, FMC Chest Pain Center Cardiologist and Medical Director; and Dr. Brian Korn, FMC Emergency Dept. Physician
“This accreditation means we have been recognized as a provider of excellence in the care we give to patients who present to FMC with chest pain,” said Rhonda Wells, Chest Pain Center coordinator. “It allows for collaboration with emergency medical service providers in the sharing of our protocols and best practice standards for patients who are having a heart attack.”
Over the past two years, the Cardiac Pathway Committee at FMC has been involved in evaluating the cardiac care processes within the hospital. Based on these evaluations, evidence-based protocols were initiated to reduce the time of onset of patient symptoms to diagnosis and treatment in the overall care provided.
“Working collaboratively with area emergency medical services, we have established a series of protocols to get patients with chest pain to the cardiac catheterization lab as quickly as possible,” said Howard Sniderman, chief operating officer at FMC. “This accreditation shows our dedication to providing the highest quality care to our patients.”
By becoming an Accredited Chest Pain Center, FMC has enhanced the quality of care for cardiac patients and has demonstrated a commitment to consistently follow national heart care standards.
“When a patient is having a heart attack, there is no blood flow or slow blood flow where a clot has formed within a heart artery,” said Dr. Jeremy Buckley, an interventional cardiologist at FMC. “The longer the heart pumps without blood flow, the longer the heart goes without oxygen—causing heart muscle to die. The quicker we get blood flow re-established in patients, the better chance they have of survival and the lower the risk of heart failure, recurrent heart attacks and strokes the patient has.”
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