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Bryn Mawr Hospital and Lankenau Medical Center Receive Chest Pain Center Re-Accreditation with PCI

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Bryn Mawr Hospital and Lankenau Medical Center have received Chest Pain Center re-accreditation with Percutaneous Coronary Intervention (PCI) 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.

“By receiving this re-accreditation, Bryn Mawr and Lankenau have helped to enhance the cardiac care that is delivered to our patients,” says Larry Mendelson, M.D., cardiologist and medical director of the Chest Pain Center at Bryn Mawr Hospital. “Members of our community can rest assured knowing that they can turn to us for fast treatment as soon as they develop symptoms of a heart attack.”

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.

“I want to thank the staff members of both Bryn Mawr and Lankenau for their dedication and tremendous contributions to the accreditation process,” says Timothy Shapiro, M.D., interventional cardiologist at Lankenau Medical Center and medical director of Lankenau’s Chest Pain Center. “This re-accreditation is truly a reflection of our commitment to providing superior care to our patients. So is Lankenau’s recently gained recognition as the only hospital in the region to perform better than the national average on Medicare's evaluations of both heart attack and heart failure survival at 30 days.”

To become an Accredited Chest Pain Center, Bryn Mawr and Lankenau engaged in rigorous evaluation by SCPC for its ability to assess, diagnose, and treat patients who may be experiencing a heart attack. This means that processes are in place to 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

Bryn Mawr and Lankenau’s state-of-the-art health care encompasses the entire continuum of care for the heart patient—including such focal points as dispatch, Emergency Medical System, emergency departments, cath labs, quality assurance plans, and community outreach programs. With the addition of Lankenau’s new five-story, 274-000 square foot Heart Pavilion, which will serve as the foundation for the Lankenau Heart Institute, Main Line Health continues its mission of delivering the most advanced, personalized, high-quality heart care. 

About Bryn Mawr Hospital

Bryn Mawr Hospital, a member of Main Line Health, is a 319-bed, not-for-profit acute-care teaching hospital dedicated to helping the community stay well ahead on the path to life-long health. The Hospital has achieved Magnet® designation by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), the nation’s highest award for recognizing excellence in nursing care, and has been nationally recognized by Press Ganey, Thomson Reuters (now Truven Analytics), The Joint Commission and other healthcare ratings organizations for its high quality patient care. In 2012, the hospital was named among US News & World Report’s Best Hospitals for the Philadelphia metro area. The Hospital offers a full range of services, including cancer care, orthopedic care, cardiovascular care, maternity care, bariatrics, neurovascular and a Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, all aided by a dedicated team of health care professionals and innovative technology such as the da Vinci® Surgical System’s robotic technology and RIO Robotic Arm Interactive Orthopedic System. Bryn Mawr Hospital has collaborated with Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children to include round-the-clock pediatric care for the pediatric inpatient unit and in the pediatric emergency department with additional board-certified emergency medicine physicians. For more information about Bryn Mawr Hospital, visit mainlinehealth.org/brynmawr.

About Lankenau Medical Center

Lankenau Medical Center, a member of Main Line Health, is recognized as a national leader in advancing new options to diagnose and treat illness, protect against disease and save lives. Located on a 93-acre suburban campus just outside of Philadelphia, the 389-bed, not-for-profit teaching hospital includes one of the nation’s leading cardiovascular centers; the Lankenau Institute of Medical Research, one of the few freestanding hospital-associated research centers in the nation; and the Annenberg Conference Center for Medical Education. Lankenau offers state-of-the-art services from cancer care to maternity care. Lankenau is ranked #14 in Pennsylvania and #10 in the Philadelphia metro area in US News & World Report’s Best Hospitals, and is high-performing in 12 of 16 potential categories: cancer, cardiology and heart surgery, diabetes and endocrinology, ear, nose and throat, gastroenterology and GI surgery, geriatrics, gynecology, nephrology, neurology and neurosurgery, orthopedics, pulmonology and urology. Lankenau has achieved The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval for stroke care and breast cancer care and is one of the nation’s Top Performing Hospitals for heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia and surgical care. Lankenau has also been ranked for multiple years as one of the top 50 cardiovascular hospitals in the nation by Truven Health Analytics. The hospital has achieved MAGNET® designation, the nation’s highest award for excellence in nursing care. For more information about Lankenau Medical Center, visit mainlinehealth.org/lankenau.

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