Chest Pain Center Reaccreditation

The Medical Center of Aurora Receives Chest Pain Center Accreditation with PCI

(Aurora, CO, April 4, 2012) The Medical Center of Aurora announced that it has again received full accreditation with PCI from the Society of Chest Pain Centers (SCPC) on March 9, 2012. The Medical Center of Aurora was first accredited in 2008.

“Millions of Americans visit hospitals each year with chest pain,” said John Hill, President and CEO of The Medical Center of Aurora/Centennial Medical Plaza. “Time is muscle with heart attacks, and these patients need high quality treatment quickly. The reaccreditation of our facility as a Chest Pain Center signifies our dedication to providing expert and efficient heart care to the community.”

SCPC’s goal is to significantly reduce the mortality rate of heart attack patients by educating the public on the early symptoms of a possible heart attack; decreasing the time it takes to receive treatment; and increasing the accuracy and effectiveness of treatment. SCPC’s accreditation process ensures that Chest Pain Centers meet or exceed quality-of-care measures in acute cardiac medicine.

An accredited Chest Pain Center’s protocol-driven and systematic approach to patient management allows physicians to reduce treatment time 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.

The Medical Center of Aurora has demonstrated its expertise and commitment to quality patient care by meeting strict 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:

  • Integration of 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
  • Continual improvement of processes and procedures
  • Ensuring the competence and training of accredited Chest Pain Center personnel
  • Supporting community outreach programs for heart attack education

About The Medical Center of Aurora

The Medical Center of Aurora, the first community hospital in the Denver Metro area to receive Magnet Recognition for nursing excellence, is an acute care hospital with specialization in cardiovascular services, neurosciences, oncology, surgery and women’s services. The Medical Center of Aurora also has Primary Stroke Certification and Chest Pain Center accreditation.

The hospital is a Level II trauma center, serving the eastern metro area and I-70 corridor with emergency care, EMS education and support. Licensed for 346 beds, the facility is located at Interstate 225 and Mississippi in Aurora, Colo., and encompasses Main and North Campus locations along with Centennial Medical Plaza in the southeast metro area. Selected as a "Best Place to Work" by the Denver Business Journal (2010), the hospital and its three campuses are part of the HealthONE System of Excellence.

For more information, please contact Emily Crowley at 303-873-5682 or Emily.Crowley@healthonecares.com.

About the Society of Chest Pain Centers

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 cross-specialty 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 www.scpcp.org, or call toll free 1-877-271-4176.