Ozarks Medical Center received Chest Pain Center with Primary PCI Accreditation
Ozarks Medical Center (OMC) received full Chest Pain Center with Primary
PCI Accreditation from the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care (SCPC)
July 16, 2016. Accreditation expires on July 15, 2019.
“The achievement of this accreditation demonstrates OMC's commitment
to provide our communities access to the safest, highest quality care.
Many individuals have worked diligently to ensure best practice methods
are in place at OMC,” said Tom Keller, President and CEO of OMC.
“OMC is one of only nine hospitals in the state of Missouri with
an accredited Chest Pain Center. If a person exhibits symptoms of chest
pain, 911 should be called. Early intervention improves outcomes, which
is why we have the saying ‘Time lost is muscle lost’ when
it comes to heart attack,” said Dr. Kevin Crowe, Interventional
Cardiologist at OMC.
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.
An Accredited Chest Pain Center’s (CPC) evidence-based, protocol-driven
and systematic approach to cardiac patient care allows clinicians to reduce
time to treatment during the critical early stages of a heart attack.
Accredited facilities better monitor patients when it is not initially
clear whether or not a patient is having a coronary event. Such monitoring
ensures patients are neither sent home too early nor needlessly admitted.
“The collaborative work of OMC’s Emergency Department, Intensive
Care Unit, Laboratory, Respiratory Care, Cardiac Stepdown Unit, Cardiac
Diagnostic Lab, Cath Lab, Scheduling, Documentation Integrity, Information
Technology and Nursing Units brought about the high standards needed for
this accreditation,” said Devon Emerson, OMC Cardiology Manager.
SCPC’s CPC Accreditation process came about as greater numbers of
facilities in the United States sought to establish standards and adopt
best practices in the quality of care provided to patients experiencing
chest pain. SCPC’s CPC Accreditation process ensures that hospitals
meet or exceed an array of stringent criteria and undergo a comprehensive
onsite review by a team of accreditation review specialists. Hospitals
that receive SCPC CPC Accreditation status have achieved a higher level
of expertise in dealing with patients who present 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.
By achieving SCPC’s Chest Pain Center with Primary PCI Accreditation
status OMC demonstrates expertise in the following areas:
- Integrating the emergency department with the local emergency medical system
- Assessing, diagnosing, and treating patients quickly
- Effectively treating patients at 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
- Constructing 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
About Ozarks Medical Center
Ozarks Medical Center is a system of care encompassing a 114-bed acute
care hospital, 8 primary care and 15 specialty clinics, along with complete
rehabilitation and home care services. OMC is a not-for-profit medical
referral center with over 1100 employees, serving an 8-county area in
south central Missouri and north central Arkansas. For more information
on OMC, contact the OMC Public Relations Department at 417-257-6735 or
About the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care
Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care (SCPC) is an international, nonprofit organization that focuses on transforming
cardiovascular care by assisting facilities in their efforts to create
cardiovascular centers of excellence that deliver quality care and patient
satisfaction in a cost sensitive environment. As the accreditation services
arm of the
American College of Cardiology, SCPC offers individual hospitals and hospital systems the support needed
to effectively reduce variations of care and bridge existing gaps in treatment.
Through its collaboration with actively engaged, multidisciplinary teams, SCPC is
Taking Science to the Bedside™ and improving outcomes in the management of heart disease.
For more information about SCPC's accreditation and certification opportunities, visit
www.scpc.org, or call toll-free 1-877-271-4176.
Pictured left to right, front row: Denisea Gilliam, RN, Director of Emergency
Services and Hospitalist Program; Devon Emerson, Cardiology Manager; and
Tim Kimball, Director of Surgery and Cardiopulmonary Services. Back row:
Bill Wood, OMC Board of Directors Vice Chairman; Kevin Gleghorn, OMC Board
of Directors Chairman; and Dr. Kevin Crowe, Interventional Cardiologist.