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Riddle Hospital Achieves New Status “Accredited Chest Pain Center is Good News for Patients”

Friday, July 20, 2012

Riddle Hospital has received Chest Pain Center and PCI (Percutaneous Coronary Intervention) Accreditation from the Society of Chest Pain Centers (SCPC). This accreditation means the hospital has achieved consistent compliance with evidence-based standards and emergency angioplasty, which for patients mean those processes are in place and staff have achieved a higher level of expertise, to meet strict criteria aimed at reducing the time from onset of symptoms to diagnosis and treatment.

“This accreditation from the Society of Chest Pain Centers serves as validation that our patients can rely on Riddle Hospital to provide timely and expert heart and stroke care. To receive these designations, our hospital has been carefully critiqued in all areas of its operations considered important by SCPC surveyors and found to deliver superior results,” said C. Richard Schott, MD, Campus Chief, Division of Cardiology.

Riddle Hospital’s state-of-the-art healthcare encompasses the entire continuum of care for the heart patient, including key focal points as dispatch, Emergency Medical System, emergency department, cardiac catheterization lab, a quality assurance plan, and strong community outreach program.

“This recognition tells us that Riddle Hospital has demonstrated a higher level of expertise dealing with patients who arrive with symptoms of a heart attack and those specialties are indeed delivering superior results,” stated Kelly Henry,MS,RHIT,CPHQ -Director, Regulatory Affairs and Program Excellence. “By becoming an Accredited Chest Pain Center, Riddle Hospital has enhanced the quality of care for our cardiac patients and has demonstrated a solid commitment to higher standards.”

About Riddle Hospital:
Riddle Hospital, a member of Main Line Health, is an acute-care, non-profit hospital licensed for 204 inpatient beds and 23 Transitional Care Center beds. Riddle has been nationally recognized by The Joint Commission, HealthGrades, the Society of Chest Pain Centers and other healthcare ratings organizations for its high quality patient care. The hospital offers a full range of services including maternity, orthopedic care and cardiovascular care--aided by a dedicated team of health care professionals and advanced technology. The emergency department, a designated medical command center in Delaware County, provides 24-hour care. Health Center 4, a LEED Certified Gold building, houses the Rothman Institute, a variety of outpatient programs and a new state of the art surgical center. For more information about the services at Riddle Hospital, visit mainlinehealth.org/riddle.

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 www.scpcp.org, or call toll free 1-877-271-4176.

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