STRMC receives Chest Pain Center Accreditation

South Texas Regional Medical Center in Jourdanton received full accreditation status from the Society of Chest Pain Centers (SCPC) on Sept. 18.

Heart attacks are the leading cause of death in the United States, with 600,000 people dying annually of heart disease. More than 5 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.

The Accredited Chest Pain Center’s protocol-driven and systematic approach to patient management allows physicians to reduce time to treatment during the critical early stages of a heart attack, when treatments are most effective, and to better monitor patients when it is not clear whether or not they are having a coronary event. Such observation helps ensure that patients are neither sent home too early nor needlessly admitted.

With the increase in chest pain centers came the need to establish standards designed to improve the consistency and quality of care provided to patients. SCPC’s accreditation process ensures that centers meet or exceed quality-of-care measures in acute cardiac medicine.

The Accredited Chest Pain Center at South Texas Regional Medical Center has demonstrated its expertise and commitment to quality patient care by meeting or exceeding a wide set of stringent criteria and undergoing an onsite review by a team of SPCP’s accreditation review specialists. Key areas in which an Accredited Chest Pain Center must demonstrate expertise include the following:

•Integrating the emergency department with the local emergency medical system

•Assessing, diagnosing, and treating patients quickly

•Effectively treating patients with 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

•Having 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

STRMC is committed to providing new services needed and requested in the South Texas region. STRMC was named one of the Top 100 Hospitals in the nation, because it strives to bring the highest quality, most affordable health care to South Texas.

STRMC is also a member of the Texas Hospital Association, certified by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, licensed by the Texas State Department of Health, and approved by The Joint Commission.

The hospital has brought together a team of the finest medical personnel, advanced medical technology, and advanced facilities to bring you exceptional healthcare that is convenient and easily accessible for you.

The Society of Chest Pain Centers (SCPC) is 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.

As the only crossspecialty organization, SCPC provides the support needed for individual hospitals and 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, or call toll free 1-877-271-4176.

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