October 16, 2012
Reston, Virginia, – Reston Hospital Center has completed its re-credentialing and continues to be the only Chest Pain Center in Northern Virginia accredited by 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.
In order to receive the SCPC accreditation, Reston Hospital has 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.
To become an Accredited Chest Pain Center, Reston Hospital Center engaged in rigorous evaluation by SCPC for its ability to assess, diagnose, and treat patients who may be experiencing a heart attack. To the community served by Reston Hospital Center, this means that processes are in place that 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
“People tend to wait when they think they might be having a heart attack, and that’s a mistake,” states Analena Valdes, Reston Hospital Center’s Director of Cardiovascular and Stroke Programs. “The average patient arrives in the emergency department more than two hours after the onset of symptoms, but what they don’t realize is that the sooner a heart attack is treated, the less damage to the heart and the better the outcome for the patient. Reston Hospital Center has enhanced the quality of care for the cardiac patient and has demonstrated our commitment to higher standards through our processes, partnerships and community education.”
About Reston Hospital Center
Part of HCA Virginia Health System, Reston Hospital Center is a 187-bed, acute-care medical and surgical facility founded in 1986. It has garnered high honors for attentive patient care and nursing excellence, receiving the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s (ANCC) prestigious Magnet Recognition Program®. The hospital is part of HCA Inc., a Nashville, Tenn.-based company that is the leading provider of healthcare services in America.
About the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care
The Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care (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.