St. Elizabeth Edgewood receives Chest Pain Accreditation from American College of Cardiology Tuesday March 14, 2017 To download a pdf of this news release, please click here. Edgewood, KY—St. Elizabeth Edgewood has received Accreditation as a Chest Pain Center with Primary PCI from the American College of Cardiology (ACC). “This recognition means that St. Elizabeth Edgewood has demonstrated excellence in caring for heart attack patients and those with chest pain who may or may not be having a heart attack,” explained Dr. Kami Tehrani, Cardiologist, St. Elizabeth Heart & Vascular Institute. Hospitals that have achieved ACC Accreditation use an evidence-based, systematic approach to care for these patients. This allows clinicians to reduce time to treatment during the critical early stages of a heart attack. It also puts protocols in place to monitor patients when it is not initially clear whether a patient is having a coronary event. Such monitoring ensures patients are neither sent home too early nor needlessly admitted. To achieve accreditation, hospitals must meet or exceed an array of stringent criteria and undergo a comprehensive onsite review. According to the ACC, hospitals that receive ACC Accreditation status have achieved a higher level of expertise in dealing with patients who come to the hospital 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. This accreditation is one of several recent affirmations of the quality of care provided for heart attack patients at St. Elizabeth Edgewood. It was recently recognized by Becker’s Hospital Review for being among ten hospitals with the highest heart attack survival rates in the nation. In addition, St. Elizabeth has been working with EMS providers in the community to reduce time-to-treatment for heart attack patients using a mobile device app that automatically alerts physicians and the cardiac treatment team when EMS has a patient having a heart attack. This has resulted in significant reduction in time-to-treatment for heart attack patients coming to St. Elizabeth Edgewood by life squad.