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

Main Line Health August 13, 2013 News Releases

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, MD, 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, MD, 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 Main Line Health

Founded in 1985, Main Line Health is a not-for-profit health system serving Philadelphia and its western suburbs. Main Line Health's commitment—to deliver advanced medicine for treating and curing disease, playing an important role in prevention and disease management as well as training physicians and other health care providers—reflects our intent to be the region's premier choice for clinical care, research, and education. A team of more than 10,000 employees, 3,000 nurses and 2,000 physicians care for patients throughout the Main Line Health System.

At Main Line Health's core are four of the region's most respected acute care hospitals—Lankenau Medical Center, Bryn Mawr Hospital, Paoli Hospital and Riddle Hospital—as well as one of the nation's premier facilities for rehabilitative medicine, Bryn Mawr Rehabilitation Hospital.

Main Line Health also includes Mirmont Treatment Center for drug and alcohol recovery; Main Line Health HomeCare & Hospice, which includes skilled home health care, hospice and home infusion services; Main Line Health Centers, primary and specialty care, lab and radiology, and other outpatient services located in Broomall, Collegeville, Concordville, Exton, King of Prussia and Newtown Square; Lankenau Institute for Medical Research, a biomedical research organization; and Main Line HealthCare, one of the region's largest multispecialty physician networks.

Main Line Health is the recipient of numerous awards for quality care, and service, including U.S. News & World Report's Best Hospitals, System Magnet® designation; the nation's highest distinction for nursing excellence and the Mid-Atlantic Alliance for Performance Excellence (MAAPE) Excellence Award. Main Line Health is committed to creating an environment of diversity, respect, equity, and inclusion, has proudly received awards in this area and has embraced the American Hospital Association's #123forEquity Pledge to Act to eliminate disparities in care. We are dedicated to advancing patient-centered care, education, and research to help patients stay healthy and live their best lives.

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