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Olean General Hospital Earns New Status as Accredited Chest Pain Center

Posted on: 08/01/2013

Chest Pain CenterOlean General Hospital (OGH) has earned accreditation for its Chest Pain Center from the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care (SCPC), an international organization dedicated to eliminating heart disease as the number one cause of death worldwide. Olean General Hospital is only the ninth hospital in New York State and the only hospital in Southwestern New York to earn SCPC accreditation.

The SCPC accreditation recognizes that Olean General Hospital has achieved a higher level of expertise in dealing with patients who arrive with symptoms of a heart attack. The accreditation also means that OGH meets the Society’s expectations in demonstrating the importance of standardized diagnostic and treatment programs that provide more efficient and effective evaluation, appropriate and rapid treatment of patients with chest pain and other heart attack symptoms. In addition, accreditation recognizes the hospital for promoting a healthier lifestyle in an attempt to reduce the risk factors for heart attack.

“The entire OGH team has worked tirelessly to bring our Chest Pain Center to a level of care unmatched in our region, focusing on training, education and processes that ensure the patients coming to our Emergency Department will receive fast, accurate diagnosis for chest pain in line with the highest standards in the nation,” said Timothy J. Finan, president and CEO of Olean General Hospital and Upper Allegheny Health System.

To become an Accredited Chest Pain Center, Olean General Hospital 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 OGH 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.

“This is a wonderful tribute to OGH leadership, physicians and staff who set their sites on SPCP accreditation when we opened the Chest Pain Center four years ago and have worked tirelessly since to continually improve the standard of care,” said Dr. Ahmad Hilal, cardiologist and medical director of the Chest Pain Center at OGH. “We are extremely proud of our physicians, nurses support staff and emergency services providers. Receiving this prestigious accreditation does not happen without their dedication to quality improvement and commitment to saving lives.”

“Cattaraugus County has among the highest rates of cardiac disease and cardiac-related mortality in the state,” Dr. Hilal said. "The region has a high rate of obesity, diabetes and smoking, which all relate to heart problems. Unfortunately people tend to wait when they think they might be having a heart attack, and that’s a mistake," Dr. Hilal said.

"The average person doesn’t realize that the sooner heart attack symptoms are diagnosed and treated, the better the chance for a good outcome for the patient. Unfortunately many patients wait too long before seeking help after the onset of symptoms,” he said. “The Chest Pain Center is not only focused on improving the standard of care, but community education as well. It is essential that people know how to reduce their risk factors for heart problems and know what to do if they experience chest pain,” Dr. Hilal said.

"From the start our vision for Olean General Hospital’s cardiac program has been to create a high quality destination with a depth and breadth of cardiac care that will serve the members of our community throughout their lifetime," Finan said. "By meeting SCPC’s strict standards and becoming an Accredited Chest Pain Center, OGH has significantly improved the quality of care for our region."

In September heart care in Olean and the surrounding region will take another significant leap forward when Olean General Hospital opens its new state-of-the-art interventional cardiac catheterization laboratory in partnership Kaleida Health’s Gates Vascular Institute in Buffalo.

“With the opening of the new lab, patients in the region will have access to cardiac catheterization procedures and interventions to quickly treat coronary artery disease, significantly reducing both time and distance for residents to travel to receive life-saving heart care,” Finan said. “OGH will be the only hospital in Southwestern New York to have this capability.”

About the Society of Chest Pain Centers (SCPC)

The Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care is a patient centered non-profit international professional organization focused upon improving care for patients with acute coronary syndromes and other related maladies. Established in 1998, the Society is dedicated to patient advocacy and focusing on ischemic heart disease. Central to its mission is the question, "What is right for the patient?" In answer, the Society promotes protocol-based medicine, often delivered through a Chest Pain Center model to address the diagnosis and treatment of acute coronary syndromes, heart failure, and to promote the adoption of process improvement science by healthcare providers. To best fulfill this mission, the Society of Chest Pain Centers provides accreditation to facilities striving for optimum Chest Pain Center care. SCPC is headquartered in Columbus, Ohio.

For more information on the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care visit http://www.scpcp.org/

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